In the fifth inning of yesterday afternoon’s game agains the Padres, Dodgers starter Zack Greinke scared everyone when he stole second and dove head first.
It was Greinke’s second steal of the season and he’s quickly become one of the best hitting pitcher in baseball for not just this season, but in the last 40 years. Talking to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, Greinke talked about his decision to slide and what might’ve happened in the top of the sixth:
My No. 1 goal is not to get hurt, obviously. I didn’t feel it was very risky at all. [Cedeno] didn’t put his feet in front of the bag. He didn’t put his knee in front of the bag.
Then I hit him in the next at-bat, Greinke said.
And then Greinke paused, with only a hint of a smile.
Probably, he said.
Greinke hasn’t just been incredible at the plate, but his work on the mound has been even better. In his first season with the Dodgers, Greinke is 14-3 with a 2.78 ERA and in the month of August and yesterday, he’s 6-0.
With Clayton Kershaw, Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Ricky Nolasco, the Dodgers have one of the best top-4 in baseball and hopefully he doesn’t scare everyone again.
In case you missed it, be sure to find out more about Matt Kemp’s rehab assignment.