After a so-so spring training, where he was really no worse than anyone south of Clayton Kershaw on the depth chart, Greinke was penciled in as the number four starter for the Dodgers coming out of the gate.
That surprised some, especially with the amount of Greinke’s contract. But many professional athletes are paid a lot of money before performing on the field. And it’s not like the former Cy Young award winner has that much to prove.
Since his stellar first years in the bigs for the Kansas City Royals, Greinke has been somewhat of a journeyman. A great big game pitcher with amazing stuff—much like Cliff Lee, but unable to find a home. Much of that to his own doing by publicly stating his pickiness about the markets he wanted to play in.
Friday night, Greinke took the mound for the first time in Dodger blue and it looked as though he was pitching with something to prove. His line against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates was nearly spotless for six and a third innings. Two hits, no runs, didn’t walk a batter and struck nine of them out. He left the game with a 3-0 lead and that’s the way it ended up.
Despite the attention of his contract and the history of Josh Beckett along with the promise of Hyun-Jin Ryu, Greinke looks poised for a good season and probably working his way into the number two spot in the Dodger rotation.