Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke was impressive in his first season in LA as he was the recipient of the 2013 NL Silver Slugger for pitchers.
Greinke hit .328 with four RBI, but along with all Dodger pitchers, came up with timely hits and RBI. 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.
MLB Network congratulated Greinke on winning the award as he impressed everyone while he was at the plate:
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) November 6, 2013
This is Greinke’s second time pitching in the National League as he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers after spending seven seasons with the Kansas City Royals in 2010. Before this season, his highest batting average was .286 in 2008, albeit that was in eight plate appearances during interleague play.
Along with Greinke, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was nominated for a Silver Slugger, but Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt took home the award. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez also lost out on a Silver Slugger to Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, but might’ve won had he been healthy for the entire 2013 season.
Award season has picked up for the Dodgers after they went 0-5 in the NL Gold Glove voting, but Kershaw, Yasiel Puig and Don Mattingly are nominated for the NL Cy Young, NL Rookie of the Year and NL Manager of the Year respectively.
Signed to a six-year $147 million contract last winter, Greinke showed management and Dodger fans that the investment was well worth it as he’ll look to build on a successful 2013 season in 2014.
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis congratulated Greinke on winning the award via Twitter:
Congrats on Silver Slugger to best pure hitter on @Dodgers Zack Grenkie. We will never hear the end of this one.
— AJ Ellis (@AJEllis17) November 7, 2013
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