Few things will agitate New York Mets’ fans as much mentioning the trade that sent away former top pitching prospect Scott Kazmir.
Of course, over the past year or two, few things have excited Mets’ fans as much as mentioning former top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler. On Friday night, those two pitchers matched up against one another as the Mets began their series against the Cleveland Indians, and it was the Kazmir who stole the show.
Nearly a decade since they traded him away, Kazmir faced the organization that originally drafted him for the first time in his career. From the first inning of the game, it was obvious that he knew he was facing the Mets, and that he was amped up to be finally be pitching against them.
Ultimately, Kazmir struck out 12 in six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and walking none. It was certainly one of the best outings of his career and even though his career hasn’t gone the way it was projected to go, seeing him pitch so brilliantly against them will only infuriate Mets fans even more when they’re forced to think about the trade that sent him away.
Meanwhile, Wheeler struggled with his command once again, tying his career high with five walks. He only allowed three runs over five innings, but he was under duress all night, constantly having to pitch out of jams that his control issues got him into.
After a long wait, Kazmir finally got a chance to face the Mets and he made the most of it. But despite the continued frustration for Mets fans, the team needs to keep focused on the future, which will be centered around Wheeler.