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There was a time when it seemed Scott Kazmir's career was in jeopardy. Between 2011 and 2012, he made just one start, and that was following a very poor 2010 season.
However, Kazmir latched on with the Cleveland Indians this past winter and has had somewhat of a resurgent campaign in 2013, sporting a 4.24 ERA in 26 starts.
Next week, he makes two starts.
First, he'll face the Royals in Kansas City on Monday. The left-hander has already made four starts against the divisional opponent and has not faired all that well. He'll go into Monday's bout with a 1-2 record and a 4.43 ERA. One of those starts occurred on Wednesday, when he lasted just four innings, surrendering three runs on nine hits.
Then, on Saturday, Kazmir takes on the visiting Houston Astros, a very favorable matchup.
However, Kazmir's lone 2013 start against the Astros was not a pretty one. In just 3.1 innings, he allowed six earned runs and was fortunate to escape with a no-decision.
Keep in mind, though, that start was his first of the season after missing the first three weeks with a rib-cage injury. The Indians are pushing for a playoff spot, and Kazmir is looking to maintain his comeback season. Proceed with caution, but do proceed.