As Bryan Smith points out on Wait Til Next Year, the A's knocked Scott Kazmir around in his second major league start on Sunday.
I was at the game, so I decided to give Kazmir a close look to see what all the fuss was about. I watched him warm up in the bullpen. From the side, his delivery reminded me of Ted Lilly. But when I saw him from behind the plate, it looked different. From that angle, I could see why so many people are worried about his delivery. I'm no expert or anything, but it looked very effortful, not smooth at all.
Kazmir is the second heralded rookie I've seen this year. I've seen Zack Greinke twice. Greinke is much more impressive, changing speeds like he's been pitching in the majors for fifteen years. Kazmir throws harder, of course, but it didn't look like he changed speeds very well at all. Everything was hard: hard fastball, hard slider.
The A's spat on the slider, sat fastball and, being the patient team that they are, eventually got it. If Kazmir doesn't want to end up as just a LOOGY, I think he has some learning to do.