Zack Greinke’s importance to the Los Angeles Dodgers is well known. Capable of serving as an ace on just about any other pitching staff, Greinke is one half of a duo that leads the Dodgers and what invokes confidence in their World Series aspirations.
While Greinke is considered an elite pitcher on the mound, he’s also well-versed off the field. Prior to signing with the Dodgers, he was up to speed on their draft picks and commended general manager Ned Colletti for selecting Corey Seager.
Considered a cerebral player, Greinke argued a high intelligence level doesn’t necessarily equate to performing better, via Everett Cook of the LA Times:
Baseball is a sport where being stupid and keeping things really simple a lot of times is the right way to do things,” he said. “There are very few guys that are capable of processing a lot of information and applying it and still being good at it. … I don’t want to name names, but there were guys I played with that were so stupid that they’re really good, because their mind never gets in the way.”
At times this season, Gerinke has fought his command during his outing, which may be connected to the tendencies he had on the mound during his youth days:
When I was younger, the only reason I pitched like that was because I really didn’t like pitching,” Greinke said. “Just messing around was the only way I enjoyed doing it. I was getting a lot of outs, so I just kept doing it that way.”
Perhaps still experimenting on the mound at this stage in career, Greinke is 13-8 this season with a 2.72 ERA. While he’s accumulated more losses and has a slightly higher ERA than last year, Greinke has been one of the few pitchers to remain healthy.
With the Dodgers in a tight pennant race, Greinke’s ability to pitch well will be key in the Dodgers’ ability to hold off the San Francisco Giants.
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