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Scott Kazmir | Starting Pitcher | #29

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/24/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 193
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (15) / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Scott Kazmir managed to mostly hold the Nationals at bay in Tuesday's no-decision, allowing two runs on eight hits over six innings.
Solo home runs by Bryce Harper in the first inning and Danny Espinosa in the fifth accounted for the scoring damage on Kazmir's line. The veteran southpaw struck out four and walked one in the relatively uneventful outing. His season as a whole has been relatively uneventful in its own right, with Kazmir pitching to a 4.52 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 87/32 K/BB ratio across 83 2/3 innings. A road start against the Pirates shows next on his schedule. Jun 22 - 12:56 AM

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Scott Kazmir couldn't maintain a reasonable pitch count in earning a no-decision against the Brewers on Thursday, allowing three runs on five hits over four innings.

Kazmir struck out eight and walked two, but that shiny strikeout total came at a cost. Through four innings, the southpaw had already thrown 93 pitches (59 strikes). The Brewers scored all three of their runs against Kazmir in the third inning, with two coming home on a Jonathan Lucroy single and Lucroy himself scoring on a Hernan Perez sacrifice fly. Kazmir will carry a 4.64 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 83/31 K/BB ratio (77 2/3 innings) into a home start against the Nationals next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 17 - 1:35 AM

Scott Kazmir struggled with his control on Saturday in a no-decision versus the Giants, walking five batters in five innings, allowing three hits and three runs while striking out three.

Kazmir's bugaboo this season has been the longball, but he stayed clear of those tonight. His strikeout rate has improved this year but his 4.52 ERA is his worst mark since 2010. Kazmir will square off against the Brewers in his next start on Thursday.
Jun 11 - 11:59 PM

Scott Kazmir (leg) expects to make his next scheduled start Saturday against the Giants.

Kazmir was forced to exit Sunday's start against the Braves after five innings due to cramping in his left quadriceps, but it's not a major concern. The 32-year-old southpaw owns a 4.46 ERA through 12 starts this season.
Jun 6 - 7:22 PM

Scott Kazmir was forced to leave Sunday's start against the Braves after five innings due to cramping in his left quadriceps.

The Dodgers were likely just playing things cautiously as they had already built up a 9-2 lead and didn't want to risk further aggravation for the veteran left-hander. Before departing, Kazmir surrendered three runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings while striking out five. He'll take on the Giants in San Francisco his next time out on Saturday.
Jun 5 - 7:17 PM

Scott Kazmir allowed a solitary hit over six shutout innings against the Cubs, striking out seven, but didn't factor in the decision Tuesday.

Kazmir was stellar, but not many starters -- zero this year, in fact -- have gotten wins when squaring off against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta. Kazmir issued just one free pass to go along with a harmless single by Dexter Fowler. He's now rattled off 19 strikeouts with just one run allowed over his last two starts. The southpaw will try to continue working on his 4.38 ERA and 1.21 WHIP Sunday against the Braves.
May 31 - 11:31 PM

Scott Kazmir held the Reds to one run in six innings and struck out 12 as the Dodgers beat the Reds 3-1 on Wednesday.

It doesn't mean that Kazmir's back, but it's a good sign. The only run to score against him came on a triple (near inside-the-park homer) from Jay Bruce that could have been caught by Joc Pederson. Kazmir went without allowing a homer for the first time in five starts this month. He's 4-3 with a 4.84 ERA.
May 26 - 1:25 AM

Scott Kazmir walked seven and gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings Friday against the Padres.

One of those walks was intentional, but since he also hit a batter, maybe that evens out. Kazmir hadn't been any good coming in, but it was homers, not walks, that have been the main problem (he had issued 13 -- one intentional -- in 46 innings). Of course, there were homers, too, tonight. He gave up his 11th and 12th of the season to Derek Norris and Christian Bethancourt. He's just not a very good pitcher right now.
May 21 - 2:23 AM

Scott Kazmir pitched well in Saturday's win over the Cardinals, yielding three runs (two earned) on five hits over 8 2/3 innings.

So close, yet so far from a complete game. Kazmir was lifted in the ninth after Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a two-run homer to draw the Cardinals to within 5-3 with two outs. The veteran southpaw struck out seven and walked just one over his not-quite nine innings of work. He will carry a 4.89 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 43 13 K/BB ratio (46 innings) into his next start, a road date with the Angels.
May 15 - 12:18 AM

Scott Kazmir allowed four runs -- three earned -- in 5 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Mets.

It could have been a particularly ugly night if not for some fine defense behind him. Kazmir gave up two homers, walked four and hit a batter before being lifted. He's been sloppy all year, and it shows no real sign of changing.
May 10 - 3:52 AM

Scott Kazmir struck out nine while allowing four runs over 6 2/3 innings of work in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Kazmir was dominant at times but also allowed two home runs among his seven hits allowed. He's had those types of games this year -- he's allowed two or more homers in three of his six starts -- but he was good enough Tuesday to also take home his second win. The southpaw stands at 2-2 with a 5.68 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 30/8 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings to date. He'll square off with the Mets on Monday.
May 3 - 10:24 PM

Scott Kazmir pitched six innings of two-run ball in a loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.

Kazmir's hand issues didn't seem to limit him tonight, as he struck out six and walked one in the 113-pitch outing. All seven hits he allowed were singles, many of them grounders sneaking through the infield.
Apr 28 - 3:24 AM

Scott Kazmir confirmed Tuesday that he will make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Marlins.

Kazmir has been experiencing discomfort around his left wrist and thumb since spring training, but he's going to try to keep pitching through it. The left-hander has posted a 6.63 ERA through four starts with Los Angeles. He signed a three-year, $48 million contract over the winter.
Apr 26 - 6:25 PM

Scott Kazmir is still planning to make his scheduled start Wednesday versus the Marlins.

Kazmir has been experiencing discomfort since spring training in the area between his left wrist and thumb, and he threw on flat ground instead of doing his usual between-starts bullpen session on Sunday. This is a situation worth monitoring. The left-hander owns a rough 6.63 ERA through four appearances with Los Angels.
Apr 25 - 9:01 AM

Scott Kazmir said he's felt discomfort in the area between his left wrist and thumb since spring training.

Kazmir said the injury occurred while batting last month. The left-hander isn't expected to miss any starts, but the injury could explain why he's struggled this year. Kazmir has pitched to a 1-1 record with a disappointing 6.63 ERA over four outings.
Apr 23 - 6:02 PM

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