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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
July 8, 2013 |
This one had to feel pretty good for Zack Greinke. The Dodgers pitcher was the focal point of much of the conversation going into Monday night's series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. He was in the middle of a benches-clearing brawl that took place between the teams in their previous series meeting June 11. On Monday, Greinke posted one of the best all-around outings of his career in the Dodgers' 6-1 win. The right-hander went seven shutout innings, striking out seven and yielding just two hits.
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.
March 12, 2013 |
PHOENIX - A day after he was examined in Los Angeles, Zack Greinke said he still didn't know what was causing the discomfort in his elbow. “I guess I didn't really know what the problem was,” Greinke said Tuesday. “I guess is I still don't. They might. But I'm not a doctor. I'm just going with what they're saying to me.” Greinke said he knew little about his elbow, including whether he'll be able to make his first scheduled start of the regular season on April 2. “I don't know that either,” Greinke said.