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  1. Give me 10 minutes!

    Comment by Rick Peterson — July 1, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

  2. “It appeared as thought he might have turned things around to start June, as he allowed just six innings in four starts.”
    I think you mean six runs in four starts?

    Otherwise, thanks for the analysis of Kazmir. I hope he turns it around so we get some more interesting races.

    Comment by Piccamo — July 1, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

  3. Postgame interview Mike Scioscia is usually pathologically upbeat, worst thing he says is “turn the page”… last night he was miserable and singled out Kazmir as the reason for his foul mood. Clock officially ticking. They ate Appier’s money in 2003, so don’t be shocked…

    Comment by Rev Halofan — July 1, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

  4. Went to the game last night and the Angels jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, then Scott Kazmir proceeded to consistently be inconsistent.

    Comment by RonDom — July 1, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

  5. That declining velo is a serious problem…

    Comment by JR! — July 1, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

  6. Tear…

    Comment by Sandy Kazmir — July 1, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

  7. How hard is he throwing these days? Anyway to salvage him into a bullpen arm?

    Comment by Franco — July 1, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

  8. This guy was one of my keepers since his rookie year. I finally had to cut bait with him and traded him for John Maine. For a second that trade looked real good for me, then Maine got mysteriously pulled after one pitch and boom goes the dynamite.

    Comment by PJ — July 1, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

  9. I’m not optimistic on that. He has faced 69 lefties this year, and struck out exactly 3 of them. That shocks me. He’s also given up 3 homers to lefties. He’s throwing about 90 right now. That’s only about 2 MPH below where he was in 2006-2007, which also surprises me. I thought he threw 95. His slider is pretty ordinary, that’s the biggest change with him. It used to be a dominant pitch.

    Comment by Rally — July 1, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

  10. I’ll still take Kazmir over Victor Zambrano.

    Ugh…Steve Philips…

    Comment by XZPUMAZX — July 1, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

  11. Nobody is going to deny the Rays doing some very good things with Kazmir. Landing him and then getting rid of him at the right time. They’ve pushed all the right buttons.

    And just to kick your Steve Phillips sack a little harder, wasn’t he the one who suggested that the Nationals trade Strasburg for Roy Oswalt? At least he’s consistent!

    Oh Steve, don’t ever change.

    Comment by The Typical Idiot Fan — July 1, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

  12. The “fact” that Phillips traded Kazmir is probably the most repeated mistake in all of baseball if not the world. While Phillips is an idiot and deserves his fair share of ridicule it was his predecessor Jim Duquette who actually traded Kazmir.

    Comment by Toffer Peak — July 1, 2010 @ 10:39 pm

  13. As an Angel fan, I hope they get rid of Kazmir. At least with Saunders you have some chance of winning. With Kazmir it’s basically a guaranteed loss unless the Angels score a ton of runs.

    Comment by stolenbases — July 1, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

  14. Sounds like what’s happened with Dontrelle Willis in Arizona, except without the massive LHB/RHB splits to suggest that he could do work as a LOOGY.

    Comment by Dan — July 1, 2010 @ 11:22 pm

  15. Kazmir is pitching through something. He has to be hurt. My bet is he undergoes TJ surgery before another year passes.

    Comment by pft — July 2, 2010 @ 12:25 am

  16. Anyone in the Angels system who might take his spot?

    Comment by HeyNow — July 2, 2010 @ 1:19 am

  17. The problem is his slider. He’s not really throwing it. He has been essentially a two-pitch pitch this season.

    Mike Butcher (pitching coach) wanted him to throw it with two fingers, instead of a single finger, like he had in the past, because it was inconsistent. The plan may have backfired.

    Despite a loss in velocity on his fastball, he can still get batters out the first time through the order. Its the lack of any secondary pitches thats killing him. If he can find his slider, he can still be a very effective starter. If not, my guess is the Angels eventually use O’Sullivan or pick up an arm before the deadline.

    Comment by ineedanap — July 2, 2010 @ 2:32 am

  18. I hate to pick nits, but “horrorshow” actually means “good” in the Nadsat vocabulary, which I’m assuming is the allusion you were using.

    Comment by appleshampo — July 2, 2010 @ 5:34 am

  19. holy **** I was beaten to it at 5:30AM..this keeps happening

    Comment by exxrox — July 2, 2010 @ 6:32 am

  20. This can all be traced back to that All Star game when he he warmed up what must’ve been 10 times.

    Comment by Ronno — July 2, 2010 @ 6:43 am

  21. I’m not saying he’s not hurt, but the average velo is still over 90. 92-93 a couple years ago to 90 is obviously not great, but that’s mainly because his control is worse. Hard to imagine pitching with that velo for 2 years of an injury. Looks to me like serious, zoned out and doesn’t know what to do mechanical issues.

    Add up all the headscratchers with this guy (total inability to get out lefties; still good contact rate, esp in the zone; improving change; improving gb rate) and you may still have a healthy, talented lefty who just needs a change of scenery. Looks like a perfect target for St. Louis, especially because he can play catch at least once through the lineup and get out control-induced jams. It would not surprise me if he gets coaching he can buy into and gets back to a legit #3.

    Comment by Paul — July 2, 2010 @ 10:32 am

  22. Good call Ronno, I remember that, and since then he’s not the same pitcher.

    Let’s face it, he was always wild, but would rack up the strikeouts and threw 94-98 mph. Now he might hit 93 or 94(which isn’t that effective when it’s 8 inches off the plate and the catcher’s barely able to catch it.)

    In highschool, he was clocked at 95-96 mph regularly. Now he relies on secondary pitches that aren’t exactly plus pitches. His slider sucks now, as does his off-speed stuff… so unless he actually regains the velocity he once had, he’s done.

    Comment by Kyle — July 6, 2010 @ 3:21 am

  23. That’s pretty interesting. Only time I’ve ever heard the word was in Clockwork Orange, which I assumed was just a part of the fancy futuristic lingo used in that movie.

    Comment by Benne — July 11, 2010 @ 1:45 am

  24. After last night, I would say a releasing is in his future

    Comment by Stu — July 11, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

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