Kansas City Royals pitching sensation, Zack Greinke, made his spring training debut yesterday against the Texas Rangers and pretty much picked up from where he left off. Greinke pitched 3 innings, allowed 1 hit, 0 walks, 0 runs and 3 strikeouts in the Royals, 4-2 win, over the Rangers.
The defending American League Cy Young Award winner hasn't missed a beat. Some of the adjectives being tossed around by the media (after the game) to describe his debut performance were, "stellar", "dominant", "flawless"-- and his unofficial nickname (THE GREAT GREINKE), which first appeared in the Kansas City Star the morning after he won the Cy Young Award, may have been officially cemented, as it too got tossed around.
Its to early to start comparing him to, let's say, Jim Palmer, especially due to the fact that he's pitching for the Royals who are at best a mediocre team and run support may be lacking at times-- but if last year's unbelievable season was a prelude of things to come, I'd say the nickname fits him just fine.
Somehow I get the feeling last year was no fluke.
My prediction for 2010: Greinke (20-6, 2.38 ERA, 260 K)
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