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Scott Kazmir | Starting Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/24/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 185
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
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Scott Kazmir wasn't particularly sharp in Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday, surrendering three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Royals.
The veteran southpaw struck out four and walked one in the contest. It wasn't much different than how he finished the regular season, stumbling to a 5.89 ERA over his final nine starts. The Royals didn't mount any big rallies against him, but were able to scratch out single runs in the second and third innings and another to chase him in the sixth. It's unclear if the Astros will trust him to make another postseason start should the Astros advance to the ALCS. Oct 9 - 7:24 PM

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Scott Kazmir will start Game 2 of the ALDS against the Royals on Friday.

Collin McHugh will be starting Game 1 on Thursday, followed by Kazmir in Game 2 on Friday and Dallas Keuchel in Game 3 on Sunday. For his part, July acquisition Kazmir struggled down the stretch, posting an ERA of 5.89 over nine starts since August 17. Expect him to be on a short leash if signs of his earlier struggles begin to surface on Friday.
Oct 7 - 5:55 PM

Scott Kazmir pitched poorly yet again in a no-decision against the Mariners on Wednesday, surrendering six runs (four earned) on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Three of the six runs against Kazmir scored via back-to-back home runs by Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz in the fifth inning. Seager's was of the two-run variety. The rough outing was just a continuation of the southpaw's slow fade. In nine starts since August 17, he holds a hide-the-children 5.89 ERA. That his overall ERA still sits at 3.10 is a testament to how well he pitched before the wheels wobbled and then completely fell off. Kazmir has to be hoping that the Astros can squeak into the playoffs and allow him a chance at redemption.
Oct 1 - 1:47 AM

Scott Kazmir was hammered for six runs in 3 2/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Rangers.

He gave up 10 hits (including a two-run homer to Shin-Soo Choo) and one walk while striking out just one of the 22 batters he faced. Kazmir has failed to make it out of the fourth inning in each of his last two starts and owns a 6.20 ERA in September. While Mike Fiers has pitched well since joining the Astros, the team's two big acquisitions -- Kazmir and Carlos Gomez -- have been disappointments.
Sep 26 - 12:46 AM

Scott Kazmir struggled in earning a no-decision against the A's on Saturday, surrendering three runs on five hits over 3 2/3 innings.

Facing off against his former teammates, Kazmir struck out two and walked three. Jake Smolinski and Marcus Semien both cracked solo home runs off the southpaw. This start aside, he's done just about everything the Astros could have asked for since he landed in Houston back in the middle of July. He'll carry a 2.73 ERA and 1.15 WHIP into a crucial home outing against the division-leading Rangers next weekend.
Sep 19 - 11:57 PM

Scott Kazmir gave up three runs (two earned) in seven innings, leaving with a no-decision as the Astros fell to the Rangers on Monday.

Jed Lowrie committed a fielding error to lead of the second inning, eventually resulting in the Rangers' first run. Mitch Moreland clubbed a two-run home run in the sixth inning to put the Astros behind 3-2. On the night, Kazmir gave up five hits and a walk while striking out four. He now has a 3.06 ERA with a 48/18 K/BB ratio over 61 2/3 innings since joining his new team. He'll attempt to get back in the win column this weekend at home against the Athletics.
Sep 14 - 11:24 PM

Scott Kazmir took the loss in Tuesday's start against the Athletics, yielding four runs over six innings of work.

All of the damage came on home runs. Billy Burns hit a solo shot in the third inning, and Mark Canha hit a three-run blast in the fifth. They were two of seven hits Kazmir allowed along with two walks and three strikeouts. The lefty has been solid for the Astros in nine starts, brandishing a 3.13 ERA. Kazmir will attempt to get back into the win column next week in Texas against the Rangers.
Sep 9 - 12:48 AM

Scott Kazmir yielded three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Mariners.

A rare off night for Kazmir, who needed 98 pitches to get 13 outs. Still, he was able to minimize the damage, so his ERA merely jumped from 2.45 to 2.50.
Sep 3 - 12:27 AM

Scott Kazmir pitched well in Friday's loss to the Twins, yielding three runs on three hits over seven innings.

The Twins notched a run on the board with a solo homer by Eduardo Nunez in the third, then posted two more in the fourth to account for the rest of the offense in the game. Kazmir struck out six and walked one on the evening. Despite a 7-9 record, he's been money all season long and holds a 2.45 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 137/48 K/BB ratio over 154 innings. He'll have a chance at revenge for Friday's loss next time he takes the ball, as the Twins will be traveling to Houston to play in Kazmir's crib.
Aug 29 - 12:24 AM

Scott Kazmir kept the Dodgers in check during Saturday's win, surrendering one run on six hits over six innings.

Kazmir fanned eight and walked just one. The only run to score against him came home in the sixth inning when Justin Turner managed an RBI single. Otherwise, the southpaw controlled the action. As he's done for most of the season. Kazmir boasts a 2.39 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 131/47 K/BB ratio across 147 innings. He'll hit the dusty trail for a road start against the Twins next time he toes the rubber.
Aug 23 - 12:19 AM

Scott Kazmir was hit around for six runs in 5 1/3 innings, taking the loss on Monday versus the Rays.

The Rays jumped on him early, scoring four runs in the first inning on an Asdrubal Cabrera RBI single and a three-run Tim Beckham home run. Kazmir gave up nine hits and three walks while striking out six on the evening. The outing causes the lefty's ERA to jump up to 2.43 with a 1.12 WHIP and a 123/46 K/BB ratio over 141 innings. Kazmir will try to rebound at home against the Dodgers in his next start.
Aug 17 - 11:46 PM

Scott Kazmir allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings, taking the loss on Tuesday versus the Giants.

Brandon Belt accounted for two of the runs on solo home runs, and the third came around in the sixth on Kazmir's own error. The lefty gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out three. He has failed to complete the sixth inning in each of his last two starts but he still has a terrific 2.12 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 117/43 K/BB ratio over 135 2/3 innings. Kazmir will take the hill at home against the Rays next.
Aug 12 - 12:59 AM

Scott Kazmir tossed 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball against the Angels on Thursday.

Kazmir ended up allowing just two runs -- one earned -- in 34 innings for the July, though with just two wins, it might not be enough to get him Pitcher of the Month honors. His overall ERA is all of the way down to 2.10.
Jul 31 - 12:53 AM

Scott Kazmir hurled seven scoreless innings on Friday, allowing just three hits and a walk as he defeated the Royals in his Astros debut.

Kazmir punched out three on the evening. Through one start at least, the veteran southpaw has proven to be everything that the Astros had hoped for when he was acquired from the Athletics. He has been outstanding through 19 starts on the season, compiling a 2.24 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 104/36 K/BB ratio across 116 2/3 innings. He'll do battle against the Angels on Thursday.
Jul 24 - 10:55 PM

Scott Kazmir will make his Astros' debut Friday against the Royals.

Kazmir was acquired from the Athletics on Thursday in exchange for catcher Jacob Nottingham and right-hander Daniel Mengden. The Houston native owns a 2.38 ERA over 18 starts this season and should form a potent 1-2 punch with Dallas Keuchel atop the Astros' rotation.
Jul 23 - 5:07 PM