Yet Another Tough Spring Training For Zack Greinke

So now it’s Zack Greinke we’re worried about, as evidenced by not one but two articles about his start against the Giants: Greinke struggles, reaches pitch limit in 3 2/3 innings: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke hit his pitch limit after 3 2/3 innings. Two of the four runs Greinke allowed were unearned on an error by left fielder Carl Crawford, who earlier had an RBI...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers' Greinke struggles in 8-4 loss to Giants

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Zack Greinke struggled with his command in his fourth spring start, allowing five hits in 3 2-3 innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the San Francisco Giants 8-4 on Friday night. After retiring the Giants' first three batters in a crisp first inning, Greinke walked Andrew Susac and gave up a single to Gregor Blanco in the second. Susac and Blanco scored...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Greinke strikes out 6 in Dodgers' 11-3 win over Rangers

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Zack Greinke turned in his best work of the spring, with four shutout innings and six strikeouts as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Texas Rangers in an 11-3 Saturday to complete a split-squad two-game sweep. Greinke struck out the side of Leonys Martin, Elvis Andrus and Ryan Ludwick in the first. Andrus had been the Rangers' hottest hitter, reaching base safely...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Greinke gives up 1 hit in 3 innings for Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Zack Greinke gave up one hit, a homer to Josh Phegley, in three innings, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 10-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Kendall Graveman helped his chances at winning a spot in Oakland's starting rotation. He pitched two-hit ball for 4 2-3 scoreless innings, his third spring start. The right-hander, acquired on Nov. 28...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Zack Greinke makes belated spring debut after elbow treatment

  Zack Greinke gave up two runs in his spring debut for the Dodgers, being outpitched by Jon Lester in Los Angeles' 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. Greinke had been given a lubricating injection in his right elbow on Feb. 18. He allowed two hits and two walks in two innings. ''My stuff was just a little off -- OK for the first start,'' Greinke said. ''I missed a lot by...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Recap: Dodgers Lose 4-3; Greinke Mostly Pleased with First Start

After tying three of their past four Cactus League games, the Los Angeles Dodgers narrowly avoided another deadlock today, losing 4-3 to the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park in Mesa. Zack Greinke, in his first start of the spring, allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in two innings. Phenom prospect Julio Urias followed and was scheduled for two innings, but he was pulled after one...
Via Baseball Essential
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Greinke struggles, Lester shines in Cubs' win over Dodgers

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Zack Greinke gave up two runs in his spring debut for the Dodgers, being outpitched by Jon Lester in Los Angeles' 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. Greinke had been given a lubricating injection in his right elbow on Feb. 18. He allowed two hits and two walks in two innings. Lester pitched three-hit ball for three shutout innings. He struck out two in the...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

LEADING OFF: Greinke debuts, Cubs try for elusive 1st win

A look at the highlights of what's happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Wednesday: --- FIRST LOOK Dodgers star Zack Greinke makes his spring debut. He got an injection of a lubricating agent in his right elbow when camp opened. Greinke faces the Cubs. ANY DAY NOW The full-of-hope Chicago Cubs are the only team in the majors without a win this spring. At...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Dodgers prospects: 2018 Pitching Staff

This is the penultimate piece in my 2015 Dodgers prospects series. I look at how I think the 2018 pitching staff could shape up. There are a few Dodger pitching prospects who could crack the 2018 pitching staff, but if there is a big hole that can be filled with a big signing (specifically in the rotation), they’ll probably go that route. But having some young studs in the minors...
Via Dodgers Digest
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t Judge The Health Of The Dodger Rotation On Disabled List Trips

What’s the biggest potential weakness of the 2015 Dodgers? Everyone who just said “right-handed power” can go sit in the corner. Stop. Just stop it. That’s not it. That doesn’t matter. It is, probably without a ton of controversy, starting rotation depth. We’ve been over this a bunch of times. All five members of the 2015 rotation — Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun...
Via Dodgers Digest
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: A Change of Pace

Somewhere, I’m told, people are starting to play baseball again. Not here in Milwaukee where it’s hovering around 30 degrees with snow on the ground, but somewhere. That’s because pitchers and catchers have officially reported; baseball is back. Picking up the Pace For those who believe it to be ridiculous that a batter always needs to step out of the box after every...
Via The Sports Post
February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Zack Greinke Gets An Elbow Injection, Which Sounds Terrifying

Spring training is starting, so it’s time to OH GOD PANIC, probably: Zack Greinke had a lubricating injection in elbow Thursday as precautionry measure to prevent annaul spring dead arm. Shut down a dew days. — Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) February 21, 2015 That sounds… bad? I mean, any sort of injection into an incredibly valuable pitching elbow seems bad. But this also sounds...
Via Dodgers Digest
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Player Profile #58: Zack Greinke | SP | LAD

Reserve your FREE copy of Baseball Professor’s 2015 Draft Guide, complete with our list of the Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects. 10,000 words of prospect coverage available on February 17! I think it’s safe to say Zack Greinke is enjoying LA. The last time this Hollywood star had a season like 2014, he won the AL Cy Young award as a member of the Royals. He only finished...
Via Baseball Professor
February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Enjoy Your Last Year of Zack Greinke, Probably

I think we knew that, barring serious injury, Zack Greinke was going to exercise his post-2015 opt-out clause from the second he signed his deal back in December of 2012. In fact, I said exactly as much back then: Rosenthal argues (and many fans would agree) that an opt-out is poor for the team, but I’m actually pretty thrilled with it, especially if a seventh year and a full...
Via Dodgers Digest
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Hyun-Jin Ryu: Quietly Awesome

Hyun-Jin Ryu isn’t the best Dodger starter, because Clayton Kershaw exists. He’s not the second-best Dodger starter, because Zack Greinke exists. If you can’t even make a case for being one of the two best starters on your own team, it’s going to be very difficult to make the case that you’re one of the […]
Via Fangraphs
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

A Note On Starting Pitcher Depth

The Dodgers will need starting pitchers beyond their current rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy, and Brett Anderson. All teams need more than that (there’s no such thing as a number five starter, as Baseball Prospectus likes to say) and the Dodgers have more health questions than most. Anderson hasn’t thrown more than 50 innings since 2011...
Via Dodgers Digest
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

2014 Dodgers In Review: SP Zack Greinke

G IP K% BB% ERA FIP xFIP WAR MLB 32 202.1 25.2% 5.2% 2.71 2.97 2.72 3.9 What happened in 2014: He led the Dodgers in innings pitched and improved upon his great 2013 season. We’re lucky. Zack Greinke is a great pitcher, and to have him paired with Clayton Kershaw is almost unbelievable. Greinke was fantastic in 2013, and, somehow, was even better in 2014. It all started in spring...
Via Dodgers Digest
January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers May be Shopping Zack Greinke

With the reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers are showing strong interest in the highly touted free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester, the team may be looking to move right-hander Zack Greinke, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports: Sources: #Dodgers may be willing to make Zack Greinke available in trade talks with opt-out next year looming — Chris Cotillo...
Via Baseball Essential
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Mailbag #14: ‘Unlimited’ Payroll, Friedman Worry, Yoan Moncada, Greinke Out

The mailbag of panic? Jonas Sparkennugen: Why is it that the Dodgers have a seemingly unlimited budget to acquire players, but seem to be quite parsimonious about eating salary by cutting unproductive players (League is the obvious example, but Crawford or Ethier seem to be trending that way, too)? If we take the team at their word that they are committed to building from within...
Via Dodgers Digest
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Adrian Gonzalez, Zack Greinke Win Gold Gloves, Clayton Kershaw About To Win All Of The Awards

Awards season has begun! …yay? Tonight kicked things off with the presentation of the Gold Glove winners, along with the revealing of the Cy Young and MVP “finalists” (the top 3) for each league. Gold glove awards are generally useless (Derek Jeter won three), but it’s still fun to see Dodger players get recognized for their efforts. We’ll go further into depth on each...
Via Dodgers Digest
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Pair in Greinke trade coming up Royal in ballclub's turnaround

BALTIMORE — Many baseball observers point to the James Shields trade in December 2012 as the defining move of this chapter in Kansas City Royals history. That’s true, to an extent: By acquiring an ace only two years away from free agency, general manager Dayton Moore unofficially announced the start of his team’s window to make the playoffs. But as the Royals have seized a...
Via Fox Sports
October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

How Did That Dodger Bullpen Get So Bad?

In Game 1 of the NLDS, Don Mattingly left in Clayton Kershaw to absorb a beating in part because he didn’t trust his bullpen. In Game 2, he lifted Zack Greinke, only to watch veteran J.P. Howell give a lead away. In Game 3, he rode Hyun-jin Ryu as far as he felt was realistic […]
Via Fangraphs
October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Still Well-Positioned To Win NLDS

The St. Louis Cardinals dropped Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Saturday to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but they still have many reasons to be optimistic about the ultimate outcome of the best-of-five series. Not that it will be easy by any means. The 2014 National League playoffs are loaded with high-quality opponents, and the Dodgers are as stocked as any team in...
Via i70baseball
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

No Lack-ey Of Drama Tonight

The Cardinals are back on home turf.  The crowd tonight will be overwhelming red instead of the blue and white of the first two games.  While St. Louis is in a good position, they were so achingly close to being so much better off. You know all about Game 2 by now, of course.  How Zack Greinke did a better Clayton Kershaw impression [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Inside Zack Greinke’s Season-Saving Start

Last night’s game for the Dodgers was a must-win, and the Dodgers won. We’ll all remember J.P. Howell faltering and Matt Kemp delivering the lead in the bottom of the eighth, but Zack Greinke‘s fantastic start should not be overlooked. Greinke pitched seven innings, didn’t allow a run, and only allowed two hits. He struck out seven batters and walked two. I think the raw...
Via Dodgers Digest
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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