April 19, 2014 |
Maybe the numbers seem slightly arbitrary, but that doesn't mean they aren't impressive. Zach Greinke is on some kind of roll and has been now for 16 regular season starts. He went six strong innings Friday night, holding the Diamondbacks to a Miguel Montero solo home run and two other hits. In each of those 16 consecutive starts he has pitched at least five innings without giving up more than two runs. That's the longest such streak since 1914, or as far back as the Dodgers can check.
April 11, 2013 |
That was a brawl that seemed to come out of nowhere, although it might have serious, lasting repercussions for the Dodgers. Zack Greinke, the Dodgers' $147-million starting pitcher, left Thursday's game after the ruckus in the bottom of the sixth inning, and at first it was unclear if he was injured or simply had been ejected. The brouhaha started in the bottom of the sixth when Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin was hit by a Greinke pitch on the left shoulder. Quentin, who has been hit by a pitch 116 times in his career, including once when playing for the White Sox and Greinke was with the Royals, apparently thought it was intentional.
February 15, 2013 |
PHOENIX - His face is shadowed under an oversized baseball cap. His gaze is often averted to the ceiling or floor. His handshake is distant, his voice is small, his sentences trail off into awkward silence. The first impression of Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke is that, despite having just signed a $147-million deal with a team in baseball's second-largest market, he simply wants to run away and hide. It is a daily act of courage that he does not. "I didn't think there was anything wrong with me," he said Friday.
July 8, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Zack Greinke didn't throw at or taunt any of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He didn't have to. Greinke was civil in exacting revenge against the team that threw at him last month, shutting down the Diamondbacks and leading the Dodgers to their 13th win in 16 games, a 6-1 victory Monday at Chase Field. "I think the best way to get payback is to do what he did," first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. BOX SCORE: Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks Asked if he pitched with heightened emotions because of what happened in his previous encounter against this team, Greinke acknowledged, "Might want to win a little more.
May 7, 2013 |
Dodgers starter Zack Greinke has already touched 90 mph in his recent bullpen sessions, according to Manager Don Mattingly. Greinke's latest mound session came Tuesday, when he delivered about 60 pitches. Greinke appears to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from an April 13 operation on his non-throwing shoulder. The Dodgers initially estimated Greinke would be out eight weeks, which would have kept him out until June 8. The $147-million right-hander, who was injured in a bench-clearing incident in San Diego on April 11, said he still has some soreness in his left shoulder.
July 13, 2013 |
Talk of the Dodgers having co-aces in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke has been mostly just talk. Kershaw has looked like an ace this season. Greinke, for the most part, hasn't. But that could be starting to change. Greinke pitched his first shutout in three seasons, leading the Dodgers to their 17th victory in their last 21 games, a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 1, Rockies 0 "It was pretty special today, what he did," catcher A.J. Ellis said.
December 12, 2012 |
Think you're smarter than the average bear? Smartest bear in the den? Smartest bear somebody's ever met? You haven't met Stan Kasten. Zack Greinke said when he met privately with General Manager Ned Colletti, Manager Don Mattingly and Kasten prior to signing his six-year, $147-milliion contract, he came away dutifully impressed with the Dodgers CEO and part owner. “I don't want to make his head too big, but I thought Stan Kasten was like the smartest guy I've ever talked to,” Greinke said at his introductory press conference Tuesday.
October 14, 2013 |
Zack Greinke could start Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on three-days' rest if the Dodgers were to lose Monday night, Manager Don Mattingly hinted. Mattingly acknowledged that the Dodgers' rotation could change based on the results of Game 3. For now, Ricky Nolasco is listed as the Game 4 starter, which will be played Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Nolasco, who pitched poorly in his last three regular-season starts, was skipped in the division series. That time, Clayton Kershaw pitched on short rest in Nolasco's place.
September 4, 2013 |
And the rich get richer, or at least their trophy cabinet gets more crowded. Zack Greinke has been named the National League pitcher of the month for August, an award that goes very well with the one Clayton Kershaw won in July. Best watch out for Ricky Nolasco in September. It's just possible that the Dodgers have baseball's -- or at least the National League's -- best one-two at the front of their rotation. Greinke was brilliant, of course, in August. He went 5-0 with a 1.23 ERA in five starts.
February 8, 2014 |
PHOENIX - The Dodgers are planning to start Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in their season-opening series in Australia, Manager Don Manager intimated Saturday. Mattingly stopped short of officially naming Kershaw and Greinke his starters for the two-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks. But when pressed on the matter, Mattingly said: “Kersh is our No. 1 guy. That's not hard to say. Zack kind of lines up right there right next to him.” The series is scheduled for March 22-23, which falls about a week earlier than recent season openers.