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Scott Kazmir 10 strikeouts vs Oakland


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In before someone blames Butcher for Kazmir's downfall as an Angel.

Nobody blamed Butcher for Kazmir's slide. He was damaged goods, and already had gone downhill prior to acquistion. What Butcher has been criticized for is his claim that he could 'fix' Kazmir and get him straightened out. Under Butcher's watch Kazmir showed no improvement at all. That is not necessarily Butcher's fault, Kazmir has to look inward for blame, but Mike Butcher certainly didn't help or become part of the solution either.

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He was pretty solid in September 2009 (sub 2.00 ERA), and then game 4 in the ALCS vs the Skanks happened, and it was a downward trend from there. 

 

Thats how I remember it too.  Looked like a good deal, then all of a sudden the floor dropped out from under him.

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Nobody blamed Butcher for Kazmir's slide. He was damaged goods, and already had gone downhill prior to acquistion. What Butcher has been criticized for is his claim that he could 'fix' Kazmir and get him straightened out. Under Butcher's watch Kazmir showed no improvement at all. That is not necessarily Butcher's fault, Kazmir has to look inward for blame, but Mike Butcher certainly didn't help or become part of the solution either.

Wait, Butcher claimed he could "fix" Kazmir? 

 

And then, so Kazmir has to look inward for blame, but Mike Butcher didn't help or become part of the solution? Cmon Ed, seriously? 

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Have to credit him with persevering.

If Cleveland is out of it pretty much in late July, some team will make a big rush at him, since not much money is involved. 

 

I wouldn't expect Cleveland to be out of it, particularly with the second WC spot.  They're better than people thought and Detroit is not quite the powerhouse people thought.

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