Scott Kazmir since the All-Star break last season has been pretty poor. This raises a question to me. Should we trade Kid K?
Some interesting stats from Kazmir this season:
Longest Outing: 6 2/3 innings
Lowest pitch count of the year: 88, in four innings
ERA: A great looking 7.11
These stats are making Kazmir’s 2007 season look like a complete fluke. And I don’t know if he will ever be able to regain that form he once had. Lets take a look at his past three starts since returning from the DL.
June 27th VS. FLA: 5 IP, 4 Hits, 2 ER, 92 Pitches 61 for Strikes, 5 Ks
July 3rd @ TEX: 5 IP, 5 Hits, 1 ER, 99 Pitches 63 for Strikes, 6 Ks
July 8th VS. TOR: 6 1/3 IP, 9 Hits, 7 ER, 107 Pitches 66 for Strikes, 4 Ks
This was after apparently everything was clicking in bullpen and rehab appearances. If the Rays are trying to cut payroll and even possibly keep Crawford, Kazmir could be the best option to go.
Scotty K can be replaced by Andy Sonnanstine or Wade Davis and can bring back one or two young prospects in a trade plus free up some payroll space.
After Kazmir’s game against the Blue Jays he had this to say:
“The way I felt, it really doesn’t give justice to the way the game went.”
“I’m confident in what I’m putting out there,” Kazmir said. “It’s very, very frustrating. But I’m feeling like I’m going to start catching some breaks.”
I hope these breaks come soon, but if not a Kid K trade could help the team in the future.