Latest Update Scott Kazmir Notches 12th Win Mon Jul, 28, 09:56 AM
Boasts heat that can top out at around 97 m.p.h, and also has a great slider and emerging changeup. Can rack up strikeouts, especially against lefty bats.
Flaws: : Still has work to do on his command and endurance. His smallish frame is a concern, because he has already endured plenty of injury issues.
Though he failed to pitch past the fifth inning for the first time in four starts, Kazmir still managed to grab his third win in that span. It was a struggle for him though as he needed 94 pitches (62 strikes) to complete the five frames because the Rangers managed to foul off 22 of those pitches and extend at-bats well past what you'd like to see. That's still no reason to thing that this may be the start of the decline though as he continues to limit the runs scored against him and he's not giving in to the walks out there. With a very favorable start against the Royals this week, you'll want to make sure he stays active.Analyst: Howard Bender
Kazmir once again pitched a gem for the A's, but this time his offense was unable to back him up. He is now 11-3 with a 2.31 ERA and 0.99 WHIP through 20 starts, while maintaining an impressive 114:28 K:BB rate along the way. It is hard to believe this guy was pitching in the Independent League just two seasons ago, but clearly he is back for good with the way he has been dominating the opposition in 2014. He will be on the hunt for win No. 12 when he takes on baseball's worst team, the Texas Rangers, on Sunday.Analyst: Matthew Beck
The All-Star limited the Giants to just three hits after his streak of 19 batter hitless streak was snapped to start off the fifth inning. Kazmir has now allowed one run or fewer in 11 of his 19 starts and if you look even further back, in 19 of his last 37 dating back to June 21st of last season. His 2.38 ERA is third among AL qualified starters behind Chris Sale (2.08) and King Felix (2.11).Analyst: Michael Pichan
Kazmir matched his win total of last year (10-9 in 29 appearances) as he improved to 10-3 in 18 games after Saturday's win. He has now held an opponent to one run or fewer in 10 of those 18 starts and improved to 5-0 with an ERA below one over his last five home starts and owns the best home ERA of any qualified pitcher in the American League on the season. The veteran will see if he can carry that success with him on the road in his next start on Thursday in San Fran.Analyst: Michael Pichan