Scott Kazmir – Audition number one
Back in July, it would have been hard to imagine that Kazmir would be auditioning for a spot on the postseason roster, but August came and everything changed.
Using Baseball Reference to get the game score and sorting by highest game score to lowest we can see that three of his six worst game scores came in his last three games before hitting the disabled list. We learned that when Kazmir hit the DL he had been pitching hurt for a while because the Dodgers had such few rotation options.
Kazmir has been good and bad this year, and most people are remembering the bad because three of them came in his final six starts.
You could blame those bad games on the fact he was pitching hurt when the Dodgers couldn’t afford him to miss a turn and I would not argue with you. The question right now as he gets ready to pitch tonight, is he healthy enough to earn a spot on the postseason roster?
I hope so because a healthy Kazmir might be the best option the Dodgers have to follow Kershaw/Maeda/Hill.
One other note, you will notice that two of his best games this year came against the Cubs and Nationals. His best game of the year came against the Cubs.
Scott Kazmir was outstanding for six scoreless innings, going punch-for-punch with Arrieta. The left-hander struck out seven while only allowing one hit, a walk and a hit batter.