Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Zack Greinke will be the first pitcher since 1917 to make three straight starts in as many games Friday night. The Brewers will host the National League Central division leading Pittsburgh Pirates to start the second half of the season.
The last player to start three consecutive games in the same season was Chicago White Sox pitcher Red Faber 95 years ago.
“It’s going to be great. I’m going to celebrate after the game,” Greinke said. “I’m considering it a record. Even though it’s been done before, I feel like it’s the first time ever being done. I’m excited about it. Hopefully the results will be better. I think it’s really neat, actually.”
The reason Greinke finds himself in this unique situation is due to him being ejected in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Houston Astros after he spiked the ball into the dirt after a close play at first base. Greinke claimed he was not trying to show up the first base umpire and that he was simply angry at himself, however, he later admitted he never should have thrown the ball like he did. It was Greinke’s fourth career ejection, which comes as a surprise considering how calm he typically is.
Since Greinke did not even last one inning, he had enough fuel in the tank to make the start Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, he had one of his worst outings of the season and left the game in favor of Marco Estrada after surrendering three earned runs on five hits through three innings.
Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke confirmed Greinke would make the start Friday but did not elaborate on what the rest of his starting rotation was going to look like. It appears Shaun Marcum will still be unable to return from the disabled list, which means Estrada and Michael Fiers will remain in the rotation for now.
Greinke has been at the center of trade rumors for weeks now due to the Brewers lack of success this season. He will become a free agent at the end of the season and it appears Milwaukee will try to unload him if they are unable to re-sign him long-term. As of now, Greinke will remain in a Brewers uniform and continue his dominating season.