I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy for Scott Kazmir last night. I’ve always been one of those old school fans that quickly forms a bond with our players and look at them as part of my extended Mets family. I hate to see the Mets lose, but last night wasn’t as painful. I sort of felt like a proud father watching Kazmir pitch the game of his life, even if it came against the team I love.
For one moment in time, I saw the Scott Kazmir I had always imagined him to be – that dominant fire-balling lefthander with the no-hitter stuff.
I didn’t realize that since we dealt Kazmir away at the 2004 trade deadline, that he had never faced the Mets until last night. Considering his on-again/off-again season and career, Friday night’s 12-strikeout gem seemed like a message to Jim Duquette – one that arrived nine years too late – but better late than never.
In 24 starts this year, Kazmir has a 4.36 ERA and 2.77 K/BB ratio in 130 innings for the Indians this year after missing most of the last t...