DodgersNation.com reported Thursday that Greinke said he would be ready to go out of the bullpen if manager Don Mattingly decided to call upon him. At that point in time, Greinke will be just two days removed from his second starting performance of the NLCS, but he doesn’t care. The competitor in Greinke is truly showing as he is prepared to give his arm up for the chance at a trip to the World Series.
Greinke has not pitched out of the bullpen since he became a full-time starter for the Kansas City Royals back in 2007. In his 38 relief appearances that year, Greinke registered a 3.54 ERA while throwing 53.1 innings and 55 strike outs.
Whether or not Greinke’s heroism will even be necessary remains to be seen as the Dodgers can only give Greinke the chance to relieve if they defeat the Cardinals, in St. Louis, in Game 6. With Clayton Kershaw on the mound, Game 7 is an entirely real possibility, even if the Cardinals’ recent sensation, Michael Wacha, will be battling for the series clincher on Friday.
If Kershaw and the Dodgers’ offense can work together to force a series finale in St. Louis on Saturday, it will be interesting to see if Mattingly takes Greinke up on his offer. Either way, it is safe to say that Greinke earned some brownie points in the clubhouse and with the fans for his willingness to be ready to go when his team needs him most.