Scott Kazmir takes on Cole De Vries this afternoon as the Indians continue their push for one of the two wild card spots. Kazmir was phenomenal in his last start against the Astros on September 21, giving up 0 ER on 4 hits over 7 innings pitched. He’s faced Minnesota three times this season, most recently on August 25 when he gave up just 1 ER on 7 hits over 6 innings pitched. On July 19 he surrendered 0 ER on 2 hits over 6 innings, and on June 21 he allowed 1 ER on 5 hits over 7 innings pitched. He needs to continue to perform like this against them this afternoon.
De Vries has a horrendous ERA (11.70), but he’s only made three starts this year, all in September. In his most recent start against Oakland on September 22, he lasted just 2 innings giving up 6 ER on 4 hits, walking 3. De Vries actually faced the Indians in his final start last season and did very well – he allowed 0 ER on just 3 hits over 6 innings pitched. He had a fairly decent season last year, particularly in late August and September. Hopefully we see the version that pitched last Sunday against the Athletics.
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