Two steps forward and two steps back…
After shutting out the Long Island Ducks for four innings last week, Scott Kazmir experienced a setback in his latest outing.
In just over three innings Kazmir was roughed up for seven hits, five earned runs and three walks—good enough for a no-decision. But in this comeback story, it’s definitely not the best ending.
Four starts since Kazmir joined the Skeeters prior to the All-Star break, he sits at 0-2 and his ERA is a scary 12.54. Over nine innings, he has surrendered 18 hits.
Obviously this is not the way he would want things to go, and one quick look at the numbers and you know there’s no way any scout or MLB organization would take a second glance at him.
Considering Kazmir went 13 months without pitching professionally, this will continue to be a process, but it’s certainly not nearly enough of a sample size to draw a conclusion.
Every fourth or fifth day, regardless of the outcome, Kazmir continues to toe the rubber, trying to find what made him so special before. It could be this week, it could be next month, but from what we have seen, he will not give up. And that’s something very rare in today’s world.
How can you not root for his success?
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