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Scott Kazmir is toast

Apr 4, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT


CBS’ Danny Knobler spoke with a scout who said this about Angels’ starter Scott Kazmir, who gave up five runs in an inning and a third over the weekend:

“Terrible. No velocity. No command. No nothing”

Quit beatin’ around the bush, man, tell me: how’s he doing?

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a starting pitcher fall off the table so quickly. And while, on some level, this may help make Mets fans a bit better about the famous Kazmir-for-Zambrano trade, no one should feel good about this.  But of course, baseball goes on, and if the Angels are going to go on with any kind of hope, they need to either demote, DL or dump Kazmir and throw Hisanori Takahashi or someone into the rotation.

  1. JBerardi - Apr 4, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    “Scott Kazmir is english for Oliver Perez” – Joe Sheehan (in some episode of his podcast)

    • baseballisboring - Apr 4, 2011 at 3:04 PM

      Haha. I was gonna say Dontrelle Willis lite, but I like that a lot better. Either way, it’s too bad…I like watching guys with electrifying stuff.

  2. bobwsc - Apr 4, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    this would’ve helped Steve Phillips’ baseball image, but when you bang the help (a four legged hooved beast at that), you’re pretty much hosed.

    • sdelmonte - Apr 4, 2011 at 3:35 PM

      It wasn’t Phillips. It was Jim Duquette at this point. Everyone seems to forget that.

  3. SmackSaw - Apr 4, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    He throws in the mid-80’s. He just needs to change his approach. He still has the mindset of throwing his ‘fastball’ to set up the slider. The slider is still there. He needs to go junkballer in a hurry. Whoever has Frank Tanana or Kenny Rogers number, please give it to Kazmir.

    By the way, lefthanders are never toast. Bruce Chen is the latest proof of that.

  4. yankeesfanlen - Apr 4, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Somehow, he never had more than 13 wins. Must have all been against the Yankees in the day.

  5. jhorton83 - Apr 4, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    It is amazing how far he’s fallen in just a few years. I think the biggest problem is that he seems delusional about how he’s pitching at this point. It’s not going to get better until he accepts that something is very wrong.

  6. sportsdrenched - Apr 4, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    To be fair, the wind was blowing out at 45 mph yesterday….

    But yeah, he’s done.

  7. BC - Apr 4, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    I feel sooooooooo much better about the Victor Zambrano trade now. Got nothin. Gave nothin.

  8. BC - Apr 4, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Though Kazmir was a great Led Zeppelin song. Oh wait, that was….

  9. Old Gator - Apr 4, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Soylent Green is people, Scott. Better not be there in the morning.

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