Glen Perkins gave up two hits but was able to get out of the inning to pick up his 28th save of the season against the Padres on Tuesday night.
Perkins has been on a great run of late, with his last blown-save coming back on June 20, giving him a run of recording 10 straight saves. He is now sitting on a 2.66 ERA and 1.14 WHIP through 47.1 innings while owning an impressive 57:8 K:BB rate in that stretch. As long as he continues to limit his free passes there is really nothing to worry about as far as his production is concerned the rest of the way.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
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