Starting pitcher Zack Greinke has only appeared in the postseason once in his career, which occurred with the 2011 Milwaukee Brewers. Even though all eyes will be on Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw in the playoffs, Greinke is someone that the team must look to when the pressure is on.
Greinke is looking to redeem himself after putting forth a dismal effort with the Brewers in 2011. Milwaukee had a legitimate shot at clinching a World Series berth but starting pitching, specifically the team’s two offseason acquisitions, faltered when it mattered most. Greinke posted a 1-1 record with a 6.48 earned run average and 13 strikeouts in three starts. He also surrendered four home runs.
The good news is the right-hander has posted the second-best season of his career in 2013. The organization could not ask for more than a 15-3 record and a 2.67 ERA in 27 starts. He appears to be running on all cylinders, which is something the Dodgers have to be ecstatic about down the stretch.
At this point, Los Angeles must only play Greinke enough for him to stay in rhythm.
“It’s all about Zack,” manager Don Mattingly said after Sunday’s win against the San Diego Padres, according to Dodgers.com. “He’s going on regular rest, even short rest if you consider coming back for a day game after pitching in a night game. He’ll get an extra day the next two times.”
It will be exciting to see how Greinke performs in the postseason after already undergoing a trial run two years ago.