Scott Kazmir rocked by Mets

The Mets rocked A’s LHP Scott Kazmir (9-3, 2.66 ERA) for seven runs and eight hits, including three home runs, in three innings Tuesday night.

He had allowed just six runs in his previous five starts.

The Mets have scored 25 runs in their last three games.

“I’ll be able to push this aside, but it’s going to take all night, that’s for sure with how this went down,” Kazmir said. “It was one of those outings where anything that could go wrong, did go wrong.”


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Kazmir was out of baseball and pitching in the Independent League as recently as 2012. He signed a two-year, $22 million deal with the A’s this past off season.

The Mets drafted Kazmir with their first draft pick in 2002. They later traded him to the Rays two years later for an injured Victor Zambrano >> Read more about the infamous trade in the Daily News.




14 comments
Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Hey, if I were Kazmir I wouldn't worry all that much. Rick Peterson can fix that motion in ten minutes.

metstastic
metstastic

"While the Mets admitted they knew at the time of the trade that Zambrano was pitching with tendinitis in his right elbow, Duquette said they did not know the extent of the damage."


It is quite irritating to hear injury as an excuse. At the time of the trade he was nothing special... losing record, 4+ ERA. Was he even a highly touted prospect?


According to his wiki page: "In 2003 he led the American League in walks, wild pitches, and hit batsmen, and in walks and wild pitches again in 2004."


What possessed anyone with half a brain to trade for V Zambrano and give up anything of value, let alone a first round draft pick and blue chip prospect. The only real rationale I can come up is is that Duquette confused Victor with Carlos!!!!

testiculon
testiculon

ERA yesterday:  2.08.  ERA today:  2.66.


Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

One of the three worst trades in franchise history. And that's saying something on a franchise that's had A LOT of bad trades....

simbad
simbad

"All star season in 2006." All they needed that year was one more pitcher. Jim Duquette should be banned from baseball!

darkknight
darkknight

"Scott Kazmir has been on a roll this year but the Mets rolled him. And speaking of rolls...Bartolo Colon had it going on today." quote of the day

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

@metstastic They will deny it till the cows come home but Kazmir was seen an an immature knucklehead (Duquette's words) and the tandem of Leiter and Franco wanted him gone. A true Sandy-like move which haunted them for years.

nwmets
nwmets

@Andrew Fraraccio We are over it -- but when the dude comes back to pitch in your stadium, it naturally brings up memories.

#FreeWilmer
#FreeWilmer

@Andrew Fraraccio If the Mets had Kazmir in their rotation in 2007 and 2008 they would have made the playoffs both years, guaranteed.  We'd be talking Dynasty instead of failure.

mesmo
mesmo

@Kenneth Meltsner @metstastic And NYM could have signed Kazmir this past offseason as a free agent, but I don't recall anyone on these boards crying out for the Mets to do so at the time.  I could be wrong about that.

mesmo
mesmo

@Kenneth Meltsner @metstastic Kazmir was also seen by Mets brass as an injury waiting to happen... a violent motion on a small body... therefore, better to sell high.  They were, indeed, being advised by Franco and Leiter to ditch the obnoxious kid with the air of entitlement.  The adage that prospects are simply suspects until they produce was held to, but why they couldn't get more/better than Victor Zambrano and Bartolomeo Fortunato we may never know.  Perhaps the fact that Kris Benson was the ultimate target had something to do with it.  Whatever... the past is the past.