After Clayton Kershaw reminded those who continuously questioned him that he’s still among the best pitchers in baseball, Zack Greinke took the ball Sunday and followed suit. However, the only question Greinke has largely faced is if or when he’ll allow a run.
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ right-hander carried with him a 35.2 scoreless innings streaks that stretched over his last five starts. Although Greinke didn’t strikeout batters at the same rate Kershaw did, he set a season high with 11 strikeouts.
Perhaps more impressively, Greinke didn’t allow a runner to advance past first base and scattered three hits over eight innings. With his pitch count already at 103 through seven innings, Greinke remained in the game to strikeout two more in the eighth as he retired the side in order.
The win improved Greinke’s mark to 9-2 along with lowering his already MLB-best ERA to a minuscule 1.30 and WHIP to 0.82, which is second-lowest overall. Additionally, he’s retired 59 of the last 64 batters faced and held opponents to a slash of .129/.158/.150 over the scoreless streak.