The Angels normally get some respect in baseball odds and Kazmir was supposed to be one of their best pitchers. So far this season that has not been the case.
Baseball lines in American League West games have been tight this season with the Angels, Rangers, Mariners and Athletics fighting for position. The Angels really need Kazmir to pitch well if they are to win this division. The left-hander recently met with manager Mike Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher. "We wanted to get an understanding of where he felt he was, some adjustments that needed to be made and whether he needed some time to make them," Scioscia said. "He doesn't think so, and Butch doesn't think so. He's going to start Monday in Texas."
Kazmir has not pitched well this season as he has allowed 35 hits and 19 walks in 30 1/3 innings. He is only averaging five innings and about 100 pitches per start. His delivery is simply not the same as it was a couple of years ago and it shows. "I dropped my arm angle so I wouldn't feel the elbow," Kazmir said. "When I started to feel better, I tried to get back to where I was, but it's been tough. It's a bad habit. Hopefully, some of the drills will help."
It is hard to believe how bad the Angels have been in terms of pitching. When you think of Los Angeles you normally think of pitching but this season they have been near the bottom of the league in ERA. The Angels have not played well on the road and at home they are nothing special either. A below .500 record at home is simply not going to get it done. The only pitcher that has really done what was expected in the starting rotation is Jered Weaver. He was leading the team in wins and ERA early this season.
It is only mid-May but the Angels do not look nearly as strong vs. the baseball odds as they did a year ago. If they are to repeat as American League West champs they will need to get better pitching and Kazmir is one of those pitchers that must improve.