Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Zack Greinke: One Step Closer

Here in the east coast, the Zack Greinke chatter has been, "Yes, Greinke is great, but he's yet to face the Yankees or the Red Sox. Let's see how he fairs against either of those juggernauts."

In fact, during last night's Yankees-Angels game, Yankees broadcaster, Ken Singleton reiterated the point.

Well last night, Greinke put the chatter to rest. He shutdown the Boston Red Sox, rather easily. So much for the juggernaut. Any more questions?

Just for the sake of admiration, here's Greinke's pitching line from last night:

Greinke (W, 15-8) 6.0IP - 2H - 0ER - 3BB - 5K

That is correct--2 hits and 0 earned runs over 6 innings. One down--one to go.

The Kansas City Royals have a 3 game series coming up at Yankee Stadium--September 28-30. I checked KC's schedule and Greinke's next start is Sunday, September 27, against the Minnesota Twins. This means he will miss the Yankees series. Darn!

Maybe KC should bypass his Sunday start and have him pitch the opener on Monday. What an event that would be if Greinke can shut down the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Although the Minnesota game is also important because Greinke hasn't faced them this season either. And Minnesota is a division rival who's still in playoff contention. A win against them will further bolster his Cy Young chances.

If the voters need a stat to convince them that Greinke deserves the Cy Young Award, consider his numbers against the teams that were still in contention, as of yesterday-- the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels and the Boston Red Sox--

So far this season, he's made 10 starts against those 4 teams-- his record is only 5-3, but he's only allowed 6 earned runs in those 10 starts. In six of the 10 starts, he's allowed 0 earned runs. That's just amazing.

Oh and by the way-- with his gem against the Red Sox last night, he lowered his major league-leading ERA to a microscopic, 2.08. If that doesn't win you a Cy Young Award in the American League, then I don't know what will.

One final tidbit, Greinke was not fazed by the infamous "Sports Illustrated Jinx"-- maybe that should count for something.

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  1. I've been hearing people saying in the baseball world that Greinke shouldn't be awarded the Cy Young because the Royals aren't even close to being a playoff team and C.C. should receive it because he got the Yanks back in it. Since when did the Cy Young award turn into the MVP award and have to be from a playoff team?

    I'm much more impressed to have 15 wins with Albert Callasapo (I know I didn't spell that right)as your best hitter than having 18 wins with A-Rod and Jeter. Cy Young has always been awarded to the best pitcher that year and Greinke has certainly been that. I'm on the Zack Greinke for Cy Young bandwagon.

  2. Very well said, Charley. I'm with you 110%. With the kind of team C.C. has around him, he should've had 20 wins already.

    And since when is a team's offensive woes a pitchers fault? The Yankees have scored 222 more runs than the Royals so far this season. And C.C. only has 3 more wins than Greinke.

    You are so right, his 15 wins are way more impressive than C.C.'s 18.