Dillon Gee went five innings in the loss to the Padres Saturday giving up four runs and five hits with eight strike outs and no walks.
Gee surprisingly got roughed up, in in his second start since returning from the DL (strained right lat), by a Padres team that won for just the third time in their past 11 games. On the positive side, Gee has now struck out 12 batters in 12 innings with just one walk so hopefully his struggles Saturday, where he allowed two home runs, had more to do with his two month layoff then anything else. Things do not get any easier for Gee as his next start on Friday is in Milwaukee against one of the biggest first-half surprise teams in the Brewers.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Scott Kazmir allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk over 5 1/3 innings against the Royals on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Although far from dominant, Kazmir was solid tonight in his first postseason start since 2009. It was a positive sign for Astros fans, as Kazmir had been very bad lately, posting a 5.89 ERA over his last nine starts. But his success against the Royals came into play tonight – coming into Game 2, Kazmir was 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA and 14:3 K/BB ratio against Kansas City over 21 1/3 innings. This could be a crucial line if the series ends up going the distance. With the Astros trotting out Dallas Keuchel in Game 3 and Collin McHugh in Game 4, Kazmir will need to step up in a huge role in a potential Game 5 scenario. Even though that game would be played in Kansas City – we obviously know how electric the atmosphere would be in an elimination game at Kauffman Stadium – Kazmir would be a hot play in DFS leagues with his outstanding numbers against the Royals. Analysis: Zack Carpenter