Kazmir Was Unlucky in Game 1

October 23, 2008 at 8:58 am 6 comments

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What a game last night. Two young lefties facing off in game one of the World Series. The final score was 3-2 which was expected with these two tough lefties going against each other. Cole Hamels pitched like he has all postseason and got the win while Scott Kazmir took the loss but pitched a lot better than his numbers indicated.

Scott Kazmir’s final line looked like this: 6 innings, 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts, 110 pitches thrown.

Not awful but far from great. But you have to look further than just the numbers.

Of the 6 hits he allowed 4 of them were on half swings or checked swings, one was an infield hit, and the other was a legit homer by Chase Utley in the first inning.

Kazmir’s fastball was very good. It had a ton of movement and he worked it in the low-mid 90s. His slider had great bite but he rarely threw it. His change-up was diving all over the place too. His stuff was very good but he did have a little trouble with his control.

Shane Victorino had the infield single and it was a great play on his part. He also had a single on a bloop that he threw the bat at low and out of the strike zone.

Jayson Werth had a check swing double to the opposite field. Oops.

Pedro Feliz had two hits that he flung the bat at that fell in for hits as well. He also drew a walk which is a sight that is seen as often as Big Foot.

Kazmir didn’t get much help thanks to an error by Carlos Pena that prolonged an inning. Umpire Tim Welke wasn’t giving the close calls to Kazmir either but no one deserves to get the close calls either after walking Feliz.

This really is no knock on the Phillies hitters. They did their job and put the bat on the ball no matter how awkward the swing. Kazmir made a lot of very good pitches that just happened to fall in for hits. That’s the game of baseball. Sometimes luck goes your way and sometimes luck doesn’t go your way. Last night luck was not on Kazmir’s side. Kazmir actually pitched a heck of a game and maybe luck will be on his side in Game 5.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. stlcardinals527  |  October 23, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    thinks that just as Kazmir was unlucky yesterday, the Phillies were even more unlucky in Game 2.
    worst HP Ump since Game 4 2005 NLCS, Cards vs Astros (Phil Cuzzi)

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  October 24, 2008 at 8:29 am

    HP ump was pretty bad but the unlucky for Kazmir was more the bloop and check swing hits that fell in not bad calls.

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  • 3. Erik  |  October 24, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Kazmir pitched well enough to lose. Hamels didn’t exactly pitch much better but he lasted longer was staked a lead and held on to it. The calls were questionable I’ll admit but I don’t think Kazmir has been the Kazmir of old for awhile. After all in Kazmir’s last 10 starts during the year he didn’t make it out of the 6th inning. He was 4-3 in those decisions and had an era of 3.49.

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  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  October 24, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    I agree that the Kazmir of 2008 isn’t the same Kazmir of year’s past but his numbers were still very very good. He obviously has an ailing shoulder/elbow because his velo is down a bit and he rarely throws his slider which is his top “out” pitch. He has ditched it this year in favor of his improved change. Once he is completey healthy he is a Cy Young candidate right away.

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  • 5. Erik  |  October 26, 2008 at 7:17 am

    Is Kazmir a good pitcher…Yes, is he Cy Young good? I don’t think he is the best pitcher on the Rays let alone the AL. I think he can potentially win 15 games /year, but I can’t say his stuff is CY young award winning stuff. I think Shields is a more likely candidate for a cy young award than Kazmir. I think Shields reminds me of Seaver where as Kazmir reminds me of Koosman.

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  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  October 26, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Kazmir > Shield when it comes to stuff

    Shields > Kazmir when it comes to control/command

    A healthy Kazmir has #1 stuff, Shileds has always had #2-3 stuff but a higher probability of harnessing his stuff than Kazmir.

    How about Moyer last night? He got robbed of at least one out and had some fluke hits drop in. He pitched brilliantly.

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