Over his last five starts, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke has allowed five runs (four earned), but has gone just 1-1 in that span. The Dodgers as a team have gone 3-2 in those starts.
Despite that, Greinke is still 5-1 on the year with a 1.48 ERA and 58 strikeouts. He’s been the Dodgers best starter thus far, with Clayton Kershaw struggling a bit to regain his MVP form. The right-hander is arguably the best number two in baseball and could possibly be one of top-10 starters overall in the National League, if not the entire MLB.
After his six-inning, one-run performance on Wednesday night in an eventual 3-1 loss, manager Don Mattingly talked about his 31-year-old starter. “Zack has been terrific. A lot like he’s been the last couple years,” Mattingly said.
Since joining the Dodgers, Greinke has gone 37-13 with a 2.50 ERA and 413 strikeouts in 70 starts. He’s also been great in the postseason, posting a 1.93 ERA in four starts over the past two Octobers. Mattingly continued to talk about what Greinke has accomplished.
“I think Clayton [Kershaw] has overshadowed a lot of the things Zack has been able to do. This season, Zack has been really, really good. He doesn’t get quite the attention, but I don’t know if he necessarily wants that, but he’s pitched really well,” the 54-year-old manager said.
The right-hander is currently second in ERA and innings pitched, first in WHIP and tied for third in wins. His strikeouts are down a bit from last season, but he’s pitching better overall.
The big question that will begin to loom over Greinke if he continues to pitch well and the season goes on is if he will opt out of his deal with the Dodgers. He has three years and over $75 million still left on his contract, but he has the choice to opt out and potentially get a bigger deal.
If he continues to pitch the way he is, the Dodgers would have to break the bank once again for the right-hander if he opts out.
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