As the regular season wound down, our opponents were the Orioles and the Dvil Rays. These teams scare me more than the Yankees. We know what we're going to get from the Yankees. We're always going ot play well against them. Against teams like the Orioles and Rays, one night they can go out and score 15 runs--or you can shut them out. In the case of the Devil Rays, we faced a 21-year-old kid by the name of Scott Kazmir. He'd been in the Mets organization, but the Mets panicked, deciding they needed another veteran starter to help them in 2004, and they traded him for Victor Zambrano, the Rays' best pitcher. Zambrano ended up pitching two innings, hurt his arm, and didn't pitch again the rest of the year. When the Mets fired the GM for making that trade, no one was surprised.
Against us, Kazmir showed everyone why he was the Mets' top prospect. The guy was incredible. He had good, good stuff. He gave up three singles and no runs in six innings, and we lost. He reminded me of a young Andy Pettitte, only better. He runs that fastball in on left-handers like Pettitte. Pettitte throws 90. This kid threw 95. His curve ball was never in the heart of the plate. This kid was absolutely unhittable. I could tell what he was throwing, and I broke three bats against him. This kid was making me look like a kid.
Which reminds me...why haven't we tried to pick Kazmir up yet? Anyone have a good explanation?