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Kazmir is gone, but the Angels don’t get off Scott free

Posted By Bill Mahoney On Jun 16 2011 @ 2:41 am In LA Angels Of Anaheim | No Comments

It’s over. The Angels and Scott Kazmir have officially parted ways. The Angels released the former elite lefty after 5 absolutely awful minor league starts. The Angels are gonna pay him more than 7 million dollars to not be with the team.
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My question is, what happened? Remember when Kazmir arrived from Tampa Bay in 2009? He actually made 6 quality starts. He never went more than 7 innings, but he didn’t give up more than 3 runs in any of those starts either. After that, he was horrible. It makes me wonder, did the Angels tinker with his mechanics and mind, or did he just implode? The guy is only 27 years old, hard for me to believe that he went from real good, too decent, too downright bad. He very well may be injured, but I guess we won’t find that out for a while.

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It was pure coincidence, but it was sort of weird that on the day the Angels let go of Kazmir, they faced Erik Bedard of the Mariners.Bedard was a hot item when he pitched in Baltimore, but fell upon hard times after he was traded to the M’s. He only made 30 starts between the 2008-2009 seasons, then missed all of 2010. He won a few games for Seattle, but for the most part looked like a shell of the guy who once won 15 games in an O’s uniform. Could Kazmir pull a Bedard, yes? I will guarantee that you will be hearing from him sometime in the future.

Bedard is now over his injuries, and showed his stuff to the Angels, allowing only 3 hits over 7 innings to win his 4th game against 4 losses. Not bad for a guy that was almost out of baseball, like Kazmir is now. Mariners take game 3, 3-1.

It’s a funny thing, I called Bobby Abreu, Mister Clutch on my last blog. Tonight with the tying and go ahead runners on in the 8th inning, Abreu struck out. Guys aren’t gonna come through every time, but thought it was ironic.

I’m just glad the Angels scored a run. If they would have been shutout, it would have been 17 scoreless innings for the offensively challenged Halos.

Vernon Wells had a successful with hits in 2 of the 3 games, including 2 home runs in game 1. My only problem is, why does he keep popping out to 2nd base? Are his eyes bad, or is he always late on the ball? He pops out to the right side at least once a game.

Angels made some stellar defensive plays on Wednesday. Torri Hunter got a late jump on the ball, but still made a nice diving catch. And Mark Trumbo stole an RBI hit from Justin Smoak with a diving play.

I’d do the research, but I think I might not like what I see. I’m talking about the Angels hitting with runners in scoring position. Thursday they were a horrible 1-7. The Mariners won the game, but they weren’t much better, stranding 11 of 12 runners. That’s what happens when two of the worst offenses in baseball square off.

Really, I am happy the Angels won a series.It was their first series win in their last 4. I’d like to see them keep doing that, but I am known as the master of the obvious.

Angels start interleague on Friday, with three games against the New York Mets.

Go Angels!!

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