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Scott Kazmir continues to impress

Mar 11, 2013, 8:20 PM EST

Scott Kazmir AP AP

Scott Kazmir‘s comeback attempt with the Indians has been one of the most interesting stories to follow so far this spring and he continued to impress this afternoon against the Angels.

Kazmir allowed three hits and a walk over four scoreless innings against his former club while striking out four. Between Cactus League action and one minor league B-game appearance, the 29-year-old southpaw has an excellent 13/2 K/BB ratio over 11 shutout innings this spring. Yes, the same Kazmir who hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2011 and had an ugly 5.34 ERA in 14 starts for the independent Sugar Land Skeeters last year.

It’s dangerous to look too much into small sample sizes like this, as weird things can happen, but MLB Network’s Peter Gammons notes that Kazmir sat in the 89-93 mph range today and that his delivery has been “restored.” His unlikely case for the fifth spot in Cleveland’s rotation rolls on.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Very interesting. In other news, his competition (Matsuzaka) was pulled from his start with a cramp in his calf.

  2. stephenolszewski - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Pretty sad that a guy on a minor league deal and on his last shot at the MLB is pitching better than Ubaldo

  3. proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Being left handed probably helped him get this opportunity to show what he can do. So far, he has made the most out of this opportunity and will probably be pitching either in the Majors or in Triple A this season.

  4. chrisbrunson17 - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Great story, he was used way to much by Pinella. He was Tim Lincecome before Tim Lincecome was.

    • paperlions - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      Huh?

      He threw more than 200 innings once, topping out at 206.

      The only thing he has in common with Lincecum is that they are both pitchers. They don’t use the same hand, Lincecum was better than Kazmir ever was, nothing similar about their pitching styles or repertoires. That’s like saying Mark Fidrych was Scott Kazmir before Scott Kazmir was.

      Pitchers break. Pitching is a horribly unnatural motion that puts more stress on the shoulder and elbow than they are designed to bear…..the vast majority of pitcher injuries have nothing to do with over use.

  5. brianabbe - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    It’s crazy to think this guy lead the AL in strikeouts in 2007, so good for him if he makes it back. Talk about not giving up on the dream.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Amazing he is only 29.

    It was too bad things turned for him so sharply and so quickly. I wouldn’t mind seeing him back in the bigs.

  7. bmoreballers - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Wow he’s only 29

  8. louhudson23 - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    I nominate “small sample size” as the most overused and misguided term of the new season. It is baseball,not the Neilsen ratings .The guy is a pitcher who fell to the far reaches of the bush leagues.. If he makes the team,starts some games and helps his team,then that comprises a successful comeback. No calculator needed. Watch and enjoy. It is better that way,believe me.

    • paperlions - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      I nominate small sample size as the most mis-understood yet simple concept among baseball “fans”.

  9. mundial8 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    The Indians always seem to be a place to resurrect your pitching career. It happened to Millwood and Pavano when they were here. I hope he continues to do well and has a great season for the Tribe!

  10. iamjimmyjack - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Kazmir sucks.

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