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Preview: Zack Greinke Looks To Extend Scoreless Streak, Get Series Win



Caylor Arnold-USA Today Sports
Caylor Arnold-USA Today Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers had one of those nights that every Major League team wants to forget about. After losing a 15-2 thrashing at the hands of the New York Mets, the Dodgers now shift their attention to the finale of their 10-game road trip and aim to come away with a series victory. With a win Sunday, the Dodgers would conclude their 10-game road trip with a 6-4 record.

After missing his scheduled start Friday so he could be in Los Angeles for the birth of his first child, Zack Greinke returns to the mound. He’s 9-2 with a 1.30 ERA, 280 ERA+, 2.52 FIP and 0.82 WHIP. Additionally, Greinke of course is also in the midst of a scoreless streak that currently sits at 43.2 innings.

Greinke previously faced the Mets this season July 4 at Dodger Stadium. He threw seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits and recording four strikeouts in a win. Greinke has made two career starts at Citi Field and seen similar results. With a record of 1-0, the right-handed pitcher has a 0.75 ERA, 0.917 WHIP, and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.5. With another scoreless start, Greinke will set a modern day record of most consecutive scoreless starts with seven.

Opposing Greinke and starting for the Mets is Jacob deGrom. The 27-year-old All-Star is 10-6 in 18 starts this season. With a 2.18 ERA, 2.61 FIP and 0.90 WHIP, the young right-hander is thriving in just his second season in the Major Leagues.

In his last outing deGrom faced the Nationals and came away victorious. In six innings of pitching, deGrom allowed two runs on three hits. He’s won six of his last eight decisions.

In his brief two-year career, deGrom has made two starts against the Dodgers — both in 2014 — and is without a win. deGrom is 0-2, with a 6.00 ERA over 12 combined innings pitched and has given up four home runs in the pair of losses to Los Angeles.

Jimmy Rollins has continued to hit well against the Mets as he clubbed his third home run in as many games Saturday. Andre Ethier returns to left field after a night off and is batting seventh.

After optioning Josh Ravin and Chin-hui Tsao to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday, the Dodgers recalled Yimi Garcia to fill one of the two vacant spots on the active roster; Greinke being removed from the paternity list placed filled the other.

Dodgers Lineup:

CF: Joc Pederson

2B: Howie Kendrick

1B: Adrian Gonzalez

3B: Justin Turner

C: Yasmani Grandal

RF: Yasiel Puig

LF: Andre Ethier

SS: Jimmy Rollins

P: Zack Greinke

Mets Lineup:

RF: Curtis Granderson

SS: Ruben Tejada

3B: Daniel Murphy

2B: Kelly Johnson

1B: Lucas Duda

LF: Michael Conforto

CF: Kirk Nieuwenhuis

C: Kevin Plawecki

P: Jacob deGrom

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Zack Greinke On Pitching With A Scoreless Streak

Written by Staff Writer

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