davidmarver wrote:Kazmir has chronic control problems, reminiscent of Rick Ankiel (Ankiel is actually the most similar pitcher to Kazmir according to baseball-reference.com). Until he gets that under control (which will be at the expense of Ks), his WHIP will stay high and his innings pitched will remain too low for his ERA to make an impact.
I'd wait another season on Kazmir rather than risk sub-par numbers.
SUre, but while he led the league in walks allowed, his K/9 was over 8 and his hits/9 was under9.
I have watched him a lot -- we get just about every Rays game here on TV. He gets into a zone where he is practically unhittable. When he loses that focus, the walks come.
I really think that Piniella rattled him a lot -- telling him what to throw (shouting pitches to Hall), to pitch inside, to actually bean guys. I think this stuff hurt his stats, but I think it made him better.
Did any other Rays fans notice this between Lou and Kazmir?
Be excellent to each other.