Kazmir improved to 9-3 with Sunday's win over the Cardinals, allowing three runs with three strikeouts and no walks across just five innings. Kazmir was staked to a massive early lead, but he was pulled after needing 96 pitches to complete five frames, thanks largely to the 25 pitches Cardinals hitter were able to foul off. Kazmir hasn't suffered a loss in nearly three months, but his ERA still sits at an uninspiring 4.35 and he has failed to last longer than five innings in six of his last nine starts. He will need to give the Dodgers more in his next start against Arizona on Saturday.
Kazmir (8-3) thew seven innings of one-run ball Tuesday, allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out eight in a win over the Nationals. It was nice to see Kazmir bounce back from a poor outing his last time out before the all-star break, silencing a potent Nationals lineup in the process. His sole blemish was a fifth inning home run by backup catcher Jose Lobaton. Kazmir now has a 4.30 ERA on the season with 114 strikeouts.
Kazmir endured a rough outing Friday against the Padres, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks across just three innings. He struck out five and did not factor into the decision. Kazmir simply couldn't find the zone with enough regularity to succeed Friday, as he ran his pitch count up to 85 during his short time on the mound, 44% of which went for balls. The lefty delivered his best start of the season last time out and had a 3.18 ERA over his last three, so Friday effectively halted some decent momentum he had going into the All-Star break. He will carry a disappointing 4.52 ERA into the second half.
Kazmir (6-3) overcame some first-inning struggles to beat the Pirates, lasting five innings while allowing an even four runs on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Kazmir settled down well after allowing four runs in the first inning, and ultimately took advantage of counterpart Francisco Liriano's continued struggles to earn a win. The veteran hasn't taken a loss since May 9, and his 9.24 K/9 suggests his dip in strikeouts over the past two starts is likely a fluke. Look for him to keep the good times rolling in his return to the pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium against the Rockies on Saturday.
Kazmir (5-3) pitched six innings, allowing two runs, eight hits and one walk while striking out four in a no-decision Tuesday against the Nationals. The lefty didn't exactly light the world on fire with his performance Tuesday, but it was his most effective outing of the month. His two runs both came from solo home runs -- courtesy of Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa -- after not having allowed a longball in his previous five starts. He'll take a 4.52 ERA and 1.30 WHIP into his next start Sunday against the Pirates.