Although the Los Angeles Dodgers had nothing to gain or lose in the standings over their final three games of the regular season against the Colorado Rockies, it served as an important time for multiple players.
Among them were those on the bench, who were looking to state their final case for making the postseason roster, which also held true for a handful of relievers. As for the starting pitchers, it marked their final time on the mound before a long layoff and the start of postseason play.
Roberto Hernandez still had some struggles Friday, but Dan Haren and Zack Greinke both looked sharp in their respective tuneups. Following Sunday’s win, Greinke expressed satisfaction with his day of work, via an AP report on ESPN:
I felt good. I used all the pitches; they all had some crispness to them. I didn’t give up too many hard-hit balls, so that was the goal.”
As for the direction he received from acting pitching coach Clayton Kershaw, Greinke said Juan Uribe (who filled in as manager) was more in-tune with the game:
He was kind of half doing his job,” Greinke said of Kershaw, while giving props to third baseman Juan Uribe, who served as manager. “Juan was more intense doing his job.”
Greinke finished the year with 17 wins, which surpassed his total in 2009 when he won the Cy Young Award and set a career-high. The right-hander also remained perfect (12-0, 1.74 ERA) against NL West competition this season and went 5-0 with 2.34 ERA in his last seven starts.
Greinke’s performances to close out the season are an encouraging development as he dealt with an issue in his right elbow towards the end of August. His next start will now come Oct. 4 in Game 2 of the NL division series against the St. Louis Cardinals.