What does a pitcher who has spent most of his MLB career in the American League do in his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers? Well, win a Silver Slugger Award of course.
Dodgers right-handed pitcher and big season acquisition Zack Greinke was awarded the 2013 Silver Slugger Award for pitchers. Greinke finished the season with a .328 bating average and four RBIs while coming up with timely hits when the club needed it the most. He also had a staggering .409 OBP and a .788 OPS. On the mound, Greinke went 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA and between he and Clayton Kershaw, they formed the most dominant 1-2 punch in all of baseball.
Unfortunately, Greinke was the lone Dodger to win a Silver Slugger as first baseman Adrian Gonzalez lost out to Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt and shortstop Hanley Ramirez lost out to Washington’s Ian Desmond, but he did miss significant portions of the season with various injuries.
Signed to a six-year $147 million contract last winter, Greinke has proven to be a wise investment thus far as he’ll look to build on a successful 2013 season in 2014 and help the Dodgers reach the ultimate goal of a World Series victory.
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