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21 Zack Greinke SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/195 | Birthdate: 10/21/1983 | Birthplace: Orlando, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: No College | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: $21,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/96 | Average Draft Position: 37.02
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Dodgers' Greinke labors through six innings, earns win vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke needed 110 pitches to get through six innings Wednesday but was able to earn the win in his team's 7-3 victory over the Giants.

Spotted to a 4-1 after the end of the first inning thanks to three Dodgers home runs, Greinke (4-0) gave up a home run of his own in the fourth but was able to make it through six innings to pick up a quality start. He gave up seven hits and two walks while striking out six.

Greinke owns a 1.93 ERA and 27:7 K:BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. He's slated to face the Brewers in Milwaukee Wednesday.


Dodgers SP Zack Greinke moves to 3-0 with seven shutout innings


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (3-0) gave up four hits and struck out seven while not allowing a run in seven innings on Friday to defeat the Padres.

Greinke lowered his ERA to 1.35 following Friday's performance.

Greinke will look to stay perfect in his next start set for Wednesday against the Giants.

Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke to start Friday, not Thursday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke will make his next start Friday instead of Thursday against the Giants, manager Don Mattingly said per the L.A. Times.

Mattingly wants to be able to keep Greinke fresh early in the season and has nothing to do with San Francisco's early struggles, according to the report.

"It's too early for any of that," Mattingly said. "This is really just our guys getting rest."

Greinke is 2-0 in three starts this season with a 1.83 ERA and 14 strikeouts.


Dodgers RHP Greinke good enough for second win Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Good was good enough Saturday night for Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke.

Greinke was dominant in his first two starts this season. He was merely good against the hot-hitting Rockies and that earned him his second win.

Only a two-run homer by DJ LeMahieu in the seventh inning really marred his performance. He finished having yielded three earned runs on five hits in 6 2/3 inning with one walk and three strikeouts. His ERA nearly doubled to a still-wonderful 1.83.

"He was typical Zack," manager Don Mattingly said after the start, per MLB.com. "He located, he changed speeds. He had a couple quick innings in the middle that kept his pitch count down. He got sick a couple days ago and we sent him home early yesterday."

Greinke has now allowed just 12 hits and two walks in 19 2/3 innings. He will try to continue his fine start Thursday in San Francisco.


Pitch framing has Dodgers aces, catcher A.J. Ellis talking


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The new emphasis on pitch framing as a possible valuable skill for catchers has spurred debate among players at that position, as well as the pitchers who throw to them.

Among those who have entered into the conversation is Dodgers standout right-hander Zack Greinke, who is known as a sophisticated analysist, but is not convinced that pitch framing is a skill set that can make or break a catcher.

"I believe that some catchers are better at framing pitches," Greinke told the Orange County Register. "But I'm not a believer that it's as valuable as it's being made out to be. It's part of a catcher's skill set. It's not the most important part. Just because he frames good doesn't mean he's a good catcher."

Teammate and stud southpaw Clayton Kershaw takes a similar view.

"You just want strikes called strikes. ... I gues I'm in the middle," he offered. "I don't roll my eyes at it and I don't pay a whole lot of attention to it either."

Their catcher, A.J. Ellis, also didn't pay a whole lot of attention to it at one time. But he does now. Metrics that showed him lacking as a pitch framer, as well as the wave of the future, forced him to change his outlook.

"I was motivated by the realization that that aspect of catching was becoming highly valued by this new wave of analytical front-office types," said Ellis, who spent time in the offseason working on framing pitches. "And I know that deficiency in the long run could affect my future employment."

Ellis added that "every metric out there tells me that I'm very deficient in that area" and that the Dodgers front office personnel advised him of their awareness of it during spring training.

One must wonder what umpires think about the new pitch framing metric. After all, they believe they're calling a strike based on the zone rather than how a catcher frames the pitch.


Dodgers' Zack Greinke has strong outing in win over Diamondbacks


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke pitched seven scoreless innings in Sunday's 7-4 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Greinke struck out seven batters and walked none. He gave up only five hits and faced 27 batters. His day ended with a pitch count of 102. Grienke (1-0) picked up his first win of the season and has a 0.69 ERA. 

"I tried to make good pitches and make the other team adjust," Greinke said, via the Associated Press. ''That was the plan, to kind of mix it up."

Manager Don Mattingly was happy Greinke was able to go so deep into the game, reports MLB.com.

"I thought that was what we really needed today, for him to go deep," Mattingly said. "Clayton wasn't quite Clayton last night. To have a second starter come out and give us that game, the more of that the better. That's what's going to be the difference for us."


Dodgers' Zack Greinke posts quality start despite no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke turned in a quality start but was not backed by enough run-support in his season debut Tuesday night against the Padres.

Greinke allowed a run-scoring triple to Justin Upton in the opening frame for his only blemish of the night. He was charged with one run on two hits and no walks while striking out four over six innings of work.

"Zack was pretty good tonight," manager Don Mattingly said, per MLB.com. "His stuff was sharp."

The Padres scored the game-tying run in the seventh to knock him out of a decision. Of his 89 pitches, 60 were strikes. He opens the season with a 1.50 ERA.

"I had good command," Greinke said. "I located pretty well. I didn't throw many curves, but the other three pitches were pretty good and I mixed it up."

Greinke also spoke highly of catcher Yasmani Grandal, who made his first start Tuesday.

"He's been unbelievable back there," Greinke said. "As a catcher he's better than advertised. He's been as good as you could expect. His hands are great, he's blocked everything I've thrown. People stole on him last year, but he's had some really good throws in games I pitched this spring. His game-calling has been good. I couldn't draw up a better catcher at the moment."

Greinke will look for his first win of the season Sunday at Arizona. He went 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in four starts against the Diamondbacks in 2014.


Dodgers' Zack Greinke tweaks mechanics in minor-league start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke made a mechanical adjustment in the fifth inning of his minor-league start Wednesday that led to a potential breakthrough, as he induced an inning-ending ground ball and struck out the next four batters, MLB.com reports.

"I tried something with a pitch and it came out perfect," Greinke said.

Greinke allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings while striking out nine and throwing 85 pitches Wednesday.

"Not many guys can make one pitch and completely turn their game around," catcher Yasmani Grandal said. "He was like, they're not going to hit me anymore. It was a mechanical thing, [pitching coach Rick Honeycutt] said something with his face or the way he was looking."

Greinke's next start will come April 7 against the Padres in his regular-season debut.


Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke scheduled to throw Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke will throw a minor league game Wednesday instead of his scheduled appearance Thursday against the Angels, reports MLB.com.

Greinke threw 76 pitches in 3 2/3 innings Friday, leading manager Don Mattingly to push for Greinke to work on his command in the minors.

"He's not thrilled about it," Mattingly said. "He'll throw Wednesday, the same day as [Clayton] Kershaw [against the Royals]. We feel he's not quite built up. He didn't get to do the ups and downs last night. He'll have an extra day before he starts [April 7 against San Diego]."


Dodgers' Zack Greinke feels good after spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke surrendered two earned runs in two innings in his spring debut Wednesday but said after the outing that he feels "really good healthwise," MLB.com reports.

Greinke is using the spring schedule to not only get healthy after receiving a precautionary elbow injection when camp opened but to also tinker with his pitches.

"I've been trying to make the slider better than last year, but it hasn't worked," Greinke said. "I'm trying to figure if I keep trying or go back to last year's. I'm trying everything. It looks good, but I'm giving up more hits than normal."

Greinke added that his changeup was "pretty good" and that his fastball was "OK, just not perfect." He'll likely only get to make four spring starts after being delayed early in camp and said he "should" be ready to take the mound for the second game of the regular season.


Dodgers' Greinke (elbow) set to make first spring start Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (elbow) threw 36 pitches during his first live batting practice session Wednesday, per The Orange County Register. Greinke is slated to make his first spring start Wednesday against the Cubs.

Dodgers' Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu scheduled to throw BP


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Dodgers pitchers Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu are scheduled to throw batting practice Friday and Saturday, respectively, per MLB.com. Both players are dealing with injuries, and remain one start behind the other pitchers on the roster. Both pitchers will make their spring debut five days after their BP session.

Dodgers' Greinke, Ryu could face hitters soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Dodgers pitchers Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu could face hitters on Friday or Saturday, according to MLB.com.

Both players are dealing with injuries, and remain one start behind the other pitchers on the roster. Greinke has an elbow issue. Ryu is dealing with back stiffness. If they are able to face pitchers this weekend, both players could appear in games as early as Wednesday or Thursday. 


Dodgers SP Zack Greinke tosses another 'pen session


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke completed another bullpen session on Tuesday, per MLB.com. Manager Don Mattingly told reporters he's progressed "steadily" since receiving a routine injection into his elbow in late February. He remains without a timetable for game action.

Dodgers' Zack Greinke (elbow) tosses 23-pitch bullpen session


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke tossed a 23-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday without any discomfort, according to MLB.com. Greinke, who received a routine injection into his elbow last week, also threw on flat surface Sunday and Monday.

The 31-year-old finished 2014 with a 17-8 record and 207 strikeouts over 202 1/3 innings pitched.


Dodgers' Zack Greinke (elbow) to throw bullpen session Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke is slated to throw his first bullpen session Tuesday since receiving an injection into his elbow last week, per MLB.com. Greinke threw on flat surface Sunday and Monday.

Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke throws again Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw for a second straight day Monday on a flat surface. Greinke received a precautionary elbow injection Thursday.

Greinke, heading into a contract season with the Dodgers, threw 202 1/3 innings in 2014 with 207 strikeouts while posting a 17-8 record.


Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke resumes throwing Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke resumed throwing Sunday after getting a couple of days off for rest for an elbow injection, reports MLB.com.

The Dodgers are being careful with Greinke throughout spring training, trying to keep him fresh for the season. He finished 2014 with a 17-8 record and 207 strikeouts over 202 1/3 innings pitched.


Dodgers' Greinke shut down 'few days' after 'scheduled' elbow injection


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke received a "scheduled" lubricating injection in his right elbow on Thursday as part of preseason conditioning, and will be shut down for a few days, per the team's official website.

The 31-year-old right hander threw five bullpen sessions prior to reporting to camp. Don Mattingly told reporters that Greinke has had same lubricating injection in his elbow all three springs with Dodgers.

"It's pretty much been a common spring thing since we've had him," Mattingly said, per SB Nation.

Greinke went 17-8 with a 2.71 ERA and 207:43 K:BB ratio in 202 1/3 innings in 2014.


Dodgers' Greinke won't decide on opting out until after season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Previously, Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke told reporters to check in with him about his contract, which has an opt out clause that goes into effect after the 2015 season, when spring training rolled around.

Now that it's here, he said he won't have an answer until this coming season is finished.

"Maybe it’s just a question that you guys ask me because I answer some questions I shouldn’t," Greinke said, via the Los Angeles Times. "But it seems to be a pretty obvious thing that it’s something that you don’t talk about. The teams have options all the time. They don’t comment before the season ends if they’re going to accept or decline a player’s contract. You’re always weighing things as they go and no one’s going to accept before they need to or decline a contract before they need to because so many things can happen. So I won’t have any answers until the season’s over.

Greinke has $71 million remaining after this year on his current deal that runs through 2018. It's likely he'd command much more than that in the open market if he were to become a free agent.


Dodgers SP Zack Greinke hasn't decided whether to opt out


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke said Saturday that he's yet to decide whether to opt out of his contract at the end of next season but added, "There's not really better options anywhere besides here," the Los Angeles Times reports.

Greinke is set to make $23 million in 2015, and he's due another $71 million over the following three seasons if he remains under his current contract. The Dodgers said earlier this offseason that they wouldn't discuss a contract extension with the pitcher during the winter.

Greinke went 17-8 with a 2.71 ERA and 207:43 K:BB ratio in 202 1/3 innings in 2014.


Dodgers have no plans to extend Zack Greinke this winter


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Monday they would not discuss a contract extension with pitcher Zack Greinke this winter, according to the L.A. Times

The 31-year-old right hander is currently signed through 2018, but Greinke can opt out of his current deal in 2015. 

In doing so, Greinke would forfeit the final three years and $71 million he is due. 

He went 17-8 last year with a 2.71 ERA and 207 strikeouts. 


Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke to start final two games of NLDS for Dodgers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) The Dodgers have announced their starters for the final two games of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The team will roll with Clayton Kershaw on short rest for Game 4 on Thursday. He has a 0.96 ERA in three career postseason starts on 3-4 days rest. Zack Greinke, who was penciled in for Game 4, will instead start Game 5, if needed.


Dodgers' Zack Greinke fires seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball in Game 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke twirled a gem but wasn't a factor into the decision in Game 2 of the National League Division Series at home against the Cardinals on Saturday.

Greinke fired seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball. He was pulled for J.P. Howell in the eighth inning, who allowed a game-tying two-run home run to Matt Carpenter, knocking Greinke out of the decision. Greinke struck out seven and walked two in a 3-2 win. He tossed 103 pitches, 71 of which were strikes.

In 31 career starts at Dodger Stadium, Greinke has posted a 2.24 ERA with a 209:40 L:BB ratio over 205 1/3 innings. He has yet to allow more than four earned runs in a start at home for the Dodgers.


Zack Greinke tosses eight two-run innings in win vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke earned a win Tuesday, allowing two earned runs on six hits in eight innings while striking out five and walking none in his team's 4-2 victory over the Giants.

Greinke (16-8) pitched very well after being staked to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but his one blemish came against the opposing pitcher, with Madison Bumgarner slugging a two-run home run. He hadn't surrendered a home run in four straight starts before Bumgarner's blast. Greinke owns a 2.74 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 201:42 K:BB ratio in 197 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rockies in the season finale, but the Dodgers could choose to save him for the playoffs depending on how the next few days go.