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Kazmir running out of chances for Angels

Posted on: June 10, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 2:25 pm
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By Matt Snyder

Angels starting pitcher Scott Kazmir made a rehab start Thursday night for Triple-A Salt Lake and was, once again, pretty awful. He allowed six hits, five walks and five earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings. He even hit three batters with pitches. This was his fourth rehab start after spending quite a bit of time in extended spring training. He now has a 15.15 ERA, 2.49 WHIP and has walked 17 hitters in 13 2/3 innings. Again, this is in Triple-A.

The Angels may be running out of patience with Kazmir. Mike DeGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that it's "just a matter of time" before the Angels just cut Kazmir and eat what's left of his $14.5 million contract for the season.

Kazmir, 27, made only one big-league start this season before being placed on the disabled list with back soreness. In that start, he lasted just 1 2/3 innings and coughed up five hits, five earned runs, two walks and two hit-by-pitches. He even balked, just for good measure.

The decline of Kazmir has been a bit amazing. From 2005-2008, he went 45-34 for mostly bad Rays teams with a 3.51 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. He struck out 9.7 batters per nine innings in that four-season span and looked destined for stardom, considering he was still in his early 20s. Last season, however, he was 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. His strikeout rate dwindled all the way down to 5.6 per nine innings and his control -- which was always suspect -- has actually gotten worse.

Should the Angels cut Kazmir, he'll get another shot elsewhere. He's still too young to be completely given up on, but it would be hard to blame the Angels for just cutting their losses at this point.

Hat-tip: Hardball Talk

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:06 pm
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Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Kazmir running out of chances for Angels

I can see him signing with either the White Soxs, Yankees, or Cardinals.  In the case of the first two, it is a move of desperation and those two teams always do strange things.  For the Cardinals, it is for the chance to change him into a good pitcher once again.  Having watched him a few times, I think he needs some modifications to two things:  his mind and delivery.



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Kazmir running out of chances for Angels

When the Angels finally release him, the Sox will pick him up from the scrap heaps and in a couple of years, he will be great again.  You heard it here first.   LOL



Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Kazmir running out of chances for Angels

agreed. I've speculated the same throughout the year.... Duncan is the best. wouldn't surprise me a bit



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Kazmir running out of chances for Angels

Agreed.  Kazmir sounds like the next Dave Duncan or Leo Mazzone project in waiting. 



Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 4:21 pm
 

Kazmir running out of chances for Angels

Hopefully a change of scnery and a different pitching coach will be good for his career.


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