Better Option for Astros: Kazmir or Chen?
Aug 17, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros pitcher Scott Kazmir reacts in the dugout after being pulled from the game in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Astros made the first big move pre-trade deadline this season when they acquired starting pitcher Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for two low-level prospects (catcher Jacob Nottingham and pitcher Daniel Mengden). My analysts considered the trade the steal of the deadline. Pre-All Star game, the lefty had a 2.49 ERA. He had a staggering 0.26 ERA in July over the course of five starts.
Kazmir was considered the missing piece for the Astros. However, post All-Start Kazmir was a bit of a different story. It was by no means a disaster. But, definitely short of expectations. Kazmir posted a 3.86 ERA and went 2-6 after the All-Star break. This offseason, Kazmir’s two-years $22 million dollar contract has come to a close. The Astros now have to decide to sign Kazmir to a muti-year deal that could be worth as much as three years and $48 million.
Another lefty starting pitcher entering free agency this offseason is the Orioles Wei-Yin Chen. Chen presents the Astros an alternative and potentially cheaper pitching option. This article will look and compare the pitchers to present who would be possibly a better fit for the Astros.
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