Los Angeles Dodgers’ Zack Greinke must show first start not a fluke

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When new Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Zack Greinke last took the mound, the Dodgers had lost two straight games to the San Francisco Giants and were already under some early-season scrutiny.

Greinke, who pitched as though he had something to prove that night, tossed a near-spotless 6.1 innings for L.A. and led them to a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The high-priced free agent finds himself in the same type of position for Wednesday night’s game against the San Diego Padres, who dismantled the Dodgers the night before in the first game of their three-game series at Petco Park.

The Dodgers are coming off another ineffective performance in that game by No. 3 starter Josh Beckett, and the subsequent implosion of the blue crew’s bullpen.

Greinke, who is probably enjoying the shade of ace Clayton Kershaw’s giant shadow in the fourth rotation spot, is in position again to stop the bleeding. Even though that bleeding is just in the form of a one loss, it is huge simply because of the expectations in Dodger land.

The recently well-traveled former Cy Young award winner has made no secret of his dislike of the spotlight, yet Greinke has handled it all pretty well since donning his Dodger blues. The easygoing California atmosphere must agree with the Florida native, so it’s a good thing the Dodgers are still amongst the palm trees in San Diego as Greinke takes the mound for start No. 2 in hopes of proving the first was no fluke.

Kenny Bristow is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @kennybristow, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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