When Scott Kazmir was acquired by the Houston Astros back in July, it sent shivers down the spine of Rangers fans everywhere after seeing what the veteran lefty had done in three starts this year against the Rangers as a member of the Oakland A's.
In his three starts against the Rangers with Oakland, Kazmir was 2-0 and had allowed three runs (all in one of the three starts) on eight hits in 21 innings of work. Two of those starts (7 IP and 8 IP) yielded just one hit to the Rangers. In other words, he'd been dominant.
Since his trade to the Astros, however, he hasn't been the unhittable force they hoped they were getting, and it's directly affected the Astros postseason hopes after Kazmir was defeated — even though the bullpen took the loss — in Monday's opener of a pivotal four-game set to move the Rangers within just a half-game of first place.
In his two starts against the Rangers with Houston, he's 0-1 and has allowed seven runs on 11 hits in 12 2/3 innings.
The Rangers should be facing Kazmir again when the open a series in Houston next Friday, and they'll be hoping for similar results.