When the Rays traded left handed pitcher Scott Kazmir to the Angels during this season my initial thought was, ‘good, now they’ll have to face him less.’ What I probably should have been thinking was, ‘great, now the Yankees have even more to deal with when playing the Angels.’
Getting him out of the AL East is one thing, but the Yankees never had to face the guy in the playoffs and this seems like a much bigger deal.
Here are his career numbers against the Bombers:
15 G, 6-5 record, 2.67 ERA, 87.2 IP, 26 ER, 5 HR, 39 BB, 86 K’s, 1.27 WHIP.
He faced the Yankees three times this season and here are the numbers:
3 G, 2-1 record, 3.20 ERA, 19.2 IP, 7 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 14 K’s, 1.07 WHIP.
So obviously the guy has a fair amount of success against the Yankees, but he does have one main weakness against them: he averages just 5.844 innings per outing against them. Meaning he should only be expected to go 5.2 or six innings against the Yankees tonight.
This doesn’t sound like a lot, but throughout this series it has been said that the Yankees biggest advantage against the Angels is the bullpen. Well, tonight they have a guy who is expected to go at least seven to eight innings going up against a guy who will be lucky to pitch past the sixth.
It’s why in 15 games he only has six wins even though his ERA is a great 2.67 against them. Knowing this, you can expect the Yankees to try to grind this guy down and get into the Angels tired bullpen as soon as possible.
It’s probably the reason why he wasn’t the game two starter as well. Ultimately, it’s probably the reason why the Rays thought he was expendable. It’s why he’s a great pitcher, but will never be known as a big game pitcher.