After Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw won NL Pitcher of the Month for July, fellow starter Zack Greinke took home the NL Pitcher of the Month for August.
In August, Greinke went 5-0 with a 1.23 ERA and in 36.2 innings, he struck out 30 batters. Earlier in the year, after a rough outing in Colorado, Greinke and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt looked at video and saw a mechanical flaw in his delivery. Obviously, he’s corrected it as the MLB Twitter account announced he won the award:
— MLB (@MLB) September 4, 2013
Not only did Greinke pitch well for the month of August, but the entire Dodgers starting rotation was lights out. The entire pitching staff led major league baseball with a 2.07 ERA in 261.1 innings pitched.
Greinke has been at the forefront of the Dodgers incredible turnaround as they’re 53-13 in their last 66 games and have widened their lead in the NL West to 13.5 games. Not only has Greinke been incredible on the mound, but he’s putting together one of the best hitting seasons for a pitcher in the last 40 years.
With a 2.78 ERA overall, Greinke is close to posting his second best season as a starter and could tie his highest win total in any season of 16 with just two more wins this season.
As the playoffs start to draw closer, the Dodgers duo of Kershaw and Greinke is arguably the best 1-2 punch in all of baseball and the entire rotation has fed off their success.
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