Kazmir Has Been Dominant for Angels

September 9, 2009 at 11:03 pm Leave a comment

Scott Kazmir
(AP Photo/John Froschauer)

The Rays, even though they say they didn’t, mailed their season in when they traded their best pitcher in franchise history in Scott Kazmir while still in playoff contention. Sure, the Rays needed to save some cash, and they got three very good prospects in return, but you can’t sell playoff hopes to fans when you deal your franchises best pitcher of all-time at the tender age of 25. The Rays loss was the Angels gain, a team headed to the playoffs.

Since Kid K’s arrival in Los Angeles he has started two games, going 13.1 innings, allowing only 2 earned runs for a 1.35 ERA, 6 hits for a .128 BAA, and strikingout 12 against just 3 walks.  Sure, the numbers may be in small sample sizes, but the stuff is up and the control is above-average and he’s pitched deep in both starts for the playoff-bound Angels.

Kazmir’s fastball has also been up. Maybe it’s re-uniting with Mike Butcher or maybe it’s something else but he is averageing 92.5 mph on his fastball with the Angels compared to 90.7 mph when he was with the Rays.  He has also cut his BB/9 in half and is attacking the strike zone with confidence.  Sure, the numbers may be in small sample sizes, but the stuff is up and the control is above-average.

Kazmir may very well be back on track to being a mid-3 ERA and 9.0+ K/9 guy again, or better, and if he is, then the Angels got a great pitcher locked up to a great contract for the next two seasons who also has playoff experience under his belt. Not a bad deal for the Angels at all.


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