Scott Kazmir probably shouldn’t make any vacation plans for the All-Star Break.
The left-hander has the lowest ERA in the American League and is a leading contender to land an All-Star spot.
“It would mean a lot, it would,” said Kazmir of earning a trip to Target Field for the game on July 15.
However, he added: “But at the same time, there’s only really one thing on my mind. It’s to get to the postseason, it really is. Get to the postseason and go as deep as we can. I feel like we’ve got a team to do it. So, you know, we’ve just got to stay healthy and stay focused. We’ll be just fine.”
Kazmir certainly helped his case last Thursday, as he worked seven innings allowing two runs on four hits while punching out eight Boston Red Sox batters. Boston’s manager John Farrell is in charge of picking the roster for the AL squad.
His own manager Bob Melvin is running out of things to say about the remarkably consistent veteran “bulldog.”
“It’s a broken record talking about him because we’re seeing basically the same game out of him.”
The 30-year-old has allowed three earned runs or less in 14 of his 15 outings. With a 9-2 record, the lefty is tied for third in the league in wins. Kazmir is unconcerned with the fact that he could be on his way to setting a career-high in innings pitched. He’s already totaled 95 frame in 2014.
“Yea, I’m ready to go. I’m good.”
“I don’t know how many innings I had last year, but it felt like toward the end of last year I felt really strong. And then this year I feel like I picked up where I left off and good to go.”
In 2013, Kazmir pitched 158 innings, which was his highest total since logging 150 innings back in 2010. The 2006 season was the only time in his 1o years in the big leagues that he pitched 200 innings, finishing that season with 206.2.
Kazmir isn’t the only member of Oakland’s starting staff who is looking to earn a trip to the All-Star Game. Jesse Chavez, who made the move from the bullpen during spring training, is sixth in the AL with a 2.71 ERA. Plus, Sonny Gray ranks No. 9 in that category with a 2.91 ERA.