Things are looking up in Dodgerland as the Dodgers finished off a three-game sweep of the Rays over the weekend to stretch their NL West lead to 7.5 games.
The Rays had the opportunity to go up against Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw as the former Cy Young award winners allowed just one earned run combined.
Back in June, as the Dodgers were going through a rough stretch, Greinke and A.J. Ellis tried to come up with creative ways to improve the team according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com:
Greinke replied, “Let me think about it.” Then, while sitting on the bench during the game, he informed Ellis of his solution. The first thing I’m doing is trading you and signing Brian McCann, Greinke said, referring to the Atlanta Braves’ catcher, who is a free agent at the end of the season.
Greinke has one of the best minds in baseball as it’s been mentioned several times that during his initial meeting with the Dodgers, he complement them on drafting highly touted prospect Corey Seager.
As the season’s progressed, Greinke’s only gotten stronger as his velocity is up in the mid-90’s and the Dodgers are 15-4 in his starts.
Meanwhile, Ellis has had a very productive season as he’s hitting .261 with six home runs and 40 RBIs as he’s hitting in either the six or seven spot in the lineup.
When asked about the conversation, Ellis talked about how enjoyable Greinke is:
He’s probably the most refreshing teammate I’ve ever had,” Ellis said. “I’m enjoying every second with him.
With Greinke pitching the way he is, the Dodgers have arguably the top duo in all of baseball as he and Ellis have formed a great relationship this season.
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