Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/22/13
Clayton Kershaw might win another Cy Young Award this season. And Hyun-Jin Ryu could be the National League rookie of the year. But over the last seven weeks neither has been the best pitcher on the Dodgers. That honor goes to right-hander Zack Greinke who held the Miami Marlins to one run over eight innings Wednesday in a 4-1 victory winning for the ninth time in his last 10 decisions and dropping his earned-run average to a major league-best 1.41 since July 8. "All the guys are good. And all the guys are different" Manager Don Mattingly said. "But Zack we're getting to see more and more how good he is." Good enough to match Kershaw and Ryu with 12 victories. Good enough to extend his winning streak to five games. And good enough to hold opponents to one run and a .190 batting average over his last three starts. It's a streak that leaves Greinke with seven starts remaining with a chance to top his career high of 16 victories a number first reached when he won the American League Cy Young Award in 2009. "That year was really nasty" said Greinke who credited his success this season to "some breaks. And making quality pitches at the right time." But after a moment of reflection he added that "maybe I'm pitching better than I realize." The credit for that goes to pitching coach Rick Honeycutt who smoothed out a mechanical flaw in Greinke's delivery adding 3 mph to a fastball and giving him the best changeup of his career. "He seemed like he got away from who he was a little bit" Honeycutt said. "It was really no more than just getting him back to where he's always been." Greinke (12-3) said Honeycutt approached him about making some changes in spring training but he was hesitant. After a June outing in Colorado where he gave up nine hits and four runs in 51/3 innings Greinke relented. "Since then it's been lights out" Mattingly said. "He's been tough."
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