The Los Angeles Dodgers could have the best pitching in Major League Baseball right now. A rotation of Clayton Kershaw: 18-7, 2.65 ERA, Zack Greinke: 15-10, 3.45 ERA, Josh Beckett: 13-7, 3.26 ERA, Chad Billingsley: 7-7, 3.61 ERA, $26 million Korean sensation Hyun-jin Ryu, and don’t forget about Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang.
Greinke inked a six year deal with $147 million guaranteed with the Dodgers this offseason. He said he would have played for the worst team in baseball as long as they paid him the most. Wow. That means if the Houston Astros at 55-107 would have stepped up to the plate, Greinke would have truly been a Texan. I don’t think so.
Just like LeBron James took his talents to South Beach in Miami to play for a loaded team, Greinke knew the Dodgers franchise had a past that proved they knew how to win. They have owners and a manager who want to win now. The Dodgers do have the highest payroll, but they also have a team ready to rise. Why not take your talents to LA?
In 2009, Greinke played for the Kansas City Royals, and he had his best year. Winning the American League Cy Young, he had a 2.16 ERA, 1.073 WHIP, with 242 SO and 51 BB. Yet the Royals record was 65-97. Greinke knows what it’s like to be the best player on a bad team. He understands at 29 years old that time is not on his side.
Greinke will be the second best pitcher on the Dodgers staff behind Kershaw. But Greinke will be the best second best pitcher in MLB. He wants to win a World Series and so do the Dodgers. Greinke knew what he was doing when he signed, and the Dodgers knew what they were getting when they signed him. Now Greinke and the Dodgers could win it all.