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LHP Scott Kazmir took a no-decision on Wednesday when he allowed one unearned run on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts over four innings in the Giants' 8-6 win over the Padres.
Kazmir was recalled to make this start in Johnny Cueto's place and did an admirable job on the bump. He provided four solid innings and came back out for the fifth but struggled before recording an out. The one (unearned) run against him came with a catcher interference in the bottom of the fifth inning. The veteran hurler now owns a 4.09 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 10:4 K/BB ratio over 11 innings this season.
LHP Scott Kazmir took the loss on Saturday when he allowed one run on two hits with a pair of strikeouts over four innings in a 6-3 loss to the Dodgers.
Talk about a blast from the past, the 37-year-old southpaw hadn't appeared in a Major League game since 2016 in which he pitched for the Dodgers, ironically. He did a solid job against LA this time around, only allowing one earned run--a Max Muncy solo shot-- over his four innings. He didn't look like someone who hasn't pitched in the bigs in nearly five years. He should get another start next week against these same Dodgers but shouldn't be used in fantasy leagues.
Scott Kazmir was called up to the majors on Saturday and is scheduled to face Walker Buehler and the Dodgers in his debut.
Kazmir hadn't pitched in the Majors since 2016 when he had a 4.56 ERA and 2.58 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out five and walked one in six and one-third innings in the minors. The 37-year-old featured a sinker and a change-up last time he was in the Bigs but had several pitches that he threw less frequently. His average fastball velocity in 2016 was 92.0 MPH, so it will be interesting to see where it is in his first start. It's a great story, but he's not a recommended streamer in a tough debut match-up.
Scott Kazmir has signed a minor-league deal with the San Francisco Giants, with an invitation to big-league camp.
Kazmir held a bullpen recently and reached 92-93 mph in the session. He last pitched in the major leagues in 2016 with the Dodgers, logging 136.1 innings. The Giants are evidently taking a flyer on Kazmir as a reclamation project.
Scott Kazmir allowed three hits (one home run), three earned runs, walked five, and struck out one in three innings Sunday against the Texas Rangers. 33-of-66 pitches were thrown for strikes.
The good was that Kazmir was healthy enough to pitch again. The bad was...everything else. As of now, it looks like Kazmir is on the outside looking in for a starting rotation spot.