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Scott Kazmir blanks the Marlins over six as Indians win

Aug 4, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

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Indians starter Scott Kazmir held the Marlins scoreless over six frames this afternoon, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out seven. As recently as June 15, his ERA stood at an unsightly 5.89, but after today’s outing, it is now 3.89. The Indians got their two runs on a Lonnie Chisenhall RBI single in the second and a Michael Brantley RBI single in the eighth.

Kazmir’s rebirth is inspiring, and believe it or not, the lefty is still under the age of 30. He has not pitched a full season in the Majors since posting a 5.89 ERA in 150 innings with the Angels in 2010. After the Angels released him in June 2011, Kazmir played with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League. The Indians took a $1 million flyer on Kazmir and it has paid off well, particularly lately. In nine starts dating back to June 21, Kazmir has a 1.93 ERA in 56 innings.

  1. hittfamily - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    And Alex Torres is 4-0 with a .26 ERA. This deal is not working out well for the Angels.

    • jhorton83 - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      What deal HAS worked out well for the Angels the last few years?

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        The Vernon Wells trade was a classic.

      • hittfamily - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:14 PM

        They just signed Dontrelle Willis. Win/lose/draw, I guarantee this deal works better than the Vernon, Pujols, Hamilton, Kazmir, CJ, one’s, so at least they are on the right track.

      • biasedhomer - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

        CJ Wilson deal is about the only big signing that didn’t fail miserably.

        Letting go of Napoli, Morales, etc. Just horrible management.

  2. rjostewart - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Half a game lead (over Texas) for the 2nd wild card still. Full game over Baltimore.

    • Kevin Gillman - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      ! 1/2 over Baltimore actually.

      • tuberippin - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        how many games is an exclamation point worth in the standings?

      • Kevin Gillman - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        My bad, I meant 1. You have to understand, the Indians weren’t supposed to be here this late in the season, but yet here they are. Alot like the 2012 Orioles.

  3. hittfamily - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    “and believe it or not, the lefty is still under the age of 30.”

    This reminded me of watching the Rays-Giants game 2 days ago. Archer Vs Bumgarner. In the pregame, a Rays announcer talked about the Rookie (Archer) taking on the veteran (Bumgarner). I chuckeled. Archer is 10 months older.

  4. janessa31888 - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Oh, the dimples:-) I love a good comeback story. We haven’t had a lefty in the rotation since the disastrous Cliff Lee trade. Great job, Scott!!

  5. Old Gator - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Lucky thirteen for the Feesh. Shutouts this season, I mean. 117 innings of nothing is about what you get for what Scrooge McLoria has invested in this team of duffers, reconstruction projects and larvae.

    • Kevin Gillman - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      Yeah but my goodness they do have a very promising young pitcher in Fernandez. I was just in awe watching that game Friday night, I mean at the time he left, the Marlins were up 5-0, and the game itself wasn’t that close. That slider too was wicked, he might already have the best slider in the game.

      • Old Gator - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:44 PM

        Oh, there’s no doubt about that but frankly, Eovaldi (who pitched very well today, again), Turner and Alvarez are all young studs. Fernandez was brought up early not only because he has the tools already, but because he also has the narrative. Along with the phenomenal talent, he has the heroic-escape-from-Cuba story and you can’t discount the value of that here in Macondo, where such stories are practically archetypal. If younger folks can’t relate directly to it, they can relate to the similar stories their parents or grandparents told them. It’s part of diaspora mythology.

        Now if your team was otherwise so awful that you couldn’t draw flies, and you had a terrific marketing ploy down on the farm, you’d bring him up too. Let’s review: the Feesh are dead last in the league in nearly every offensive category and, just to recapitulate, today was their thirteenth shutout of the season. I don’t care if they had five Sandy Koufax clones in their rotation. With offensive numbers like that, you’re a last place team.

        So, since the All-Star game and the national attention El Keed attracted, the team’s motto has become “Dive In,” which is a highly unsubtle reference to how Fernandez dove into the ocean to rescue his mother, who had fallen overboard from their little boat as they crossed heavy seas during their escape from El Jefe‘s little offshore paradise. Let’s face it: would an owner who wheeled the ruin of Muhammad Ali around the infield on opening day last year while dancing girls from the stadium bar bounced their tits in your face hesitate for a second to exploit that kind of pathos? Heh. Not a chance.

      • Kevin Gillman - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:41 AM

        I never heard that about Fernandez until Friday night when the Indians broadcaster brought it up. It certainly has that heroic feel to it, and yet he just turned 21. Wow. The one thing I did like were the young outfielders they have. Indians tried, but they couldn’t hit it past them. In 2-3 years, they can be contenders. But then again, in 2-3 years would these players still be with the Marlins?

      • Old Gator - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:04 AM

        Fernandez, yes, because he has that Cuban hero cachet. The others? As long as fans continue to avoid the team in droves, and they will as long as this bloodsucking SOB owns it, the Feesh will just go on recycling its players and putting a halfassed product on the field at the lowest cost with which the union and the league will let them get away. So, I guess the short answer to your question is “no.”

  6. insidefastball - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    It is good to see him performing at a fairly high level. Most people had written Kazmir off completely. It had to take quite a bit of work on his part to transform himself into a productive pitcher again.

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