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May 11, 2013

Fantasy Forecast: Much ado about Machado



It’s a small sample, but the question still must be asked: is Scott Kazmir for real?

In his youth with the Rays he was a dynamic lefty (one who especially killed the Sox). However, a few years back he hit a bump in the road and seemed destined to become a footnote in baseball history.

However, he looked great in Indians camp this spring and has been pretty good in three starts thus far this season. He was dominant against the A’s on Thursday and in his last two starts is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA, 17 strike outs and just one walk in 12 innings pitched.

His velocity seems to be up for both his fastball and two-seamer and he has done a better job of mixing up his pitches, relying less on his two-seamer and getting his slider back in the mix. All in all, there’s a lot to be encouraged by.

I’m still hesitant to jump in with both feet on this one, but he’s still only owned in 5 percent of leagues, so I think there is the luxury to watch him for a while longer to see if he can keep up this level of performance. But at the very least it appears as though he could be a streaming option, and that is something one couldn’t have predicted going into this season.


Andy Silva writes the Fantasy Forecast column for The Salem News. You can read his blog at and reach him at You can also follow Fantasy Forecast on Twitter at




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