Zack Greinke Breezes Los Angeles Dodgers Past Pittsburgh Pirates
Zack Greinke breezed the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. Greinke struck out six and allowed two hits over 6 1/3 innings, meanwhile Andre Ethier hit a solo home run. Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez created the other two Dodgers runs… and that was about it. The Pirates did not put up much of a fight in this tilt, and only managed two hits the entire game.
From the Dodgers payroll standpoint, this has to look like some big investments paying off.
Adrian Gonzalez $21 million 2-4 1 RBI
Matt Kemp $22 M 1-4 1 RBI
Andre Ethier $13.5 M 1-3 Solo HR
Zack Greinke $24 M 6.1 IP, O ERA
Brandon League $5.5 M Save, 0 Hits Allowed
Those five players were responsible for driving in every run and recording the first and last outs of todays game, and their salaries add up to a staggering $86 million.
That’s right, $86 million of the Dodgers’ MLB high $213M payroll go to those five players, so I figured I’d have fun and compare that number to other major league teams, starting with their opponent tonight the Pirates, whose entire teams payroll is $55 million.
The Pirates are just the tip of the iceberg however, the $86M the Dodgers pay Gonzalez, Kemp, Ethier, Greinke and League does not include the: $20M Carl Crawford earns (0-4, 2 K’s), Hanley Ramirez ($15.5M, DL) or Clayton Kershaw (13M, which they pay that with a smile).
Still, counting only the $86M tied into those five the Dodgers would still have a higher payroll that 14 major league teams, which was the size of the American League, until this year. Most notably the Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals, also $9M more than the Houston Astros and Miami Marlins combined.
The Dodgers got their big money players to play well tonight; the key to their season is that trend continuing. Los Angeles Dodgers is under new management, whether they are under better management remains to be seen.