It’s been an interesting season in what has been an interesting career for Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke, but as of late, it’s been a season highlighted by results.
Greinke has been racking up victories for the Dodgers, and he is 8-2 and in the midst of a five-game winning streak. The Dodgers’ ace has allowed just seven base runners and has not given up a run in his last 16 innings spanning over two starts. In those consecutive shutouts, he struck out a total of 16 as well.
On the year, his numbers are solid with a 3.49 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, but he has been like Jekyll and Hyde; when he’s good, he’s great, and when he’s bad, he gets hit hard. In his last five quality starts, he has gone at least seven innings in each, allowed more than one run (two) in just one of those starts and has not given up more than four hits in any of them. In his last five starts that were not quality starts, however, he allowed a total of 59 base runners and 22 runs spanning over just 26.1 innings.
He has become a great No.2 to pair with Clayton Kershaw, but if there’s one thing he has always struggled with, it is consistency. The Dodgers, at 48-47, need Greinke to pitch like an ace if they are going to make any noise in the National League West. Greinke starts the second half against a Washington Nationals team that is struggling and slipped into third place in their division last night, so he’ll look to keep them down there with another dominant outing Saturday.