Showing posts with label Zack Greinke. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Zack Greinke. Show all posts

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Preview: Game 46: Los Angeles Dodgers (25-22) at New York Mets (20-25) - Greinke (7-1) vs Niese (2-3)


Preview: Game 46:
Los Angeles Dodgers (25-22) at New York Mets (20-25)

Pitching Probables - Zack Greinke (7-1) 2.03 ERA vs Jon Niese (2-3) 2.54 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10 PM


Preview:

Zack Greinke takes the mound opposite Jon Niese as the visiting Dodgers go for a three-game sweep of the Mets on Thursday night.

Greinke (7-1, 2.03 ERA) has been superb through his first nine starts, striking out 61 and walking 12 over 53 1/3 innings. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner pitched well again Friday, throwing eight innings of five-hit ball in a 7-0 win at Arizona.

Greinke has yielded two runs or fewer in 21 consecutive starts dating to last year, the longest such streak in the majors since at least 1914. He is 11-1 with a 1.86 ERA in his last 15 on the road.

Greinke hasn't faced New York (20-25) since scattering five hits over seven innings in an 8-0 road win with Milwaukee in 2012. He would appear to have another favorable matchup against a Mets team that's a major league-worst 5-14 this month.

New York has dropped three straight and six of seven after falling 4-3 on Wednesday. Adrian Gonzalez homered for the third straight game and Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back shots for Los Angeles (25-22), which has taken 11 of 12 from the Mets by a combined 70-43 score.

The Dodgers finished with just five hits, but all went for extra bases.

Yasiel Puig, who collected three hits in Tuesday's 9-4 series-opening victory, is batting .408 with seven homers and 23 RBIs over the last 19 games. Gonzalez is 9 for 16 in the last four.

The Dodgers will try to stay hot against Niese (2-3, 2.54), who didn't have his best stuff in Friday's 5-2 loss at Washington. The left-hander yielded five runs -- three earned -- and eight hits over a season-low four innings.

Niese has gone 1-2 despite a 2.59 ERA in four home starts while receiving a combined five runs of support. He is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in four outings versus Los Angeles.

Niese has held Juan Uribe hitless in 11 at-bats in their matchups, but he won't face the third baseman. Uribe, batting .303 with four homers and 18 RBIs, was put on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained hamstring.

Going to be tough as the Mets have to face the Dodgers best pitcher right now. Time for the Mets to turn it around, avoid the sweep and get it going in a positive direction. LGM!


Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Monday, May 19, 2014

What's on Deck - Dodgers at Mets (3 Game Series) - Pitching Matchups - Dodgers News and Notes


What's on Deck - Mets at Dodgers (3 Game Series)


LOS ANGELES DODGERS (23-22) at NEW YORK METS (20-23) 

Pitching matchups:

Tuesday: RHP Josh Beckett (1-1, 2.38) VS. RHP Rafael Montero (0-1, 4.50), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday:  LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-2, 3.00) VS. RHP Jacob deGrom (0-1, 1.29) , 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Zack Greinke (7-1, 2.03) VS. LHP Jon Niese (2-3, 2.54), 7:10 p.m. ET

Dodgers News and Notes:

The Mets will have Rafael Montero going for his first win and his second start of the season. Jacob deGrom will pitch in the second game and will hopefully have a better offensive showing than last time as he lost 1-0 in his first MLB game. And Jon Niese will pitch the finale, who imploded a little bit in his last start going only 4 innings, giving up 8 hits, 3 runs and will look to bounce back.

Josh Beckett on Tuesday earned his first win since Sept. 30, 2012. He had been 0-6 in 14 starts. Beckett did not pitch after mid-May last season and ultimately underwent surgery to remove a rib. That procedure attempted to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome -- a pinched nerve affecting his right arm. For the season, the 34-year-old Beckett leads the L.A. rotation in WHIP (1.056) and hits per nine innings (6.3). Beckett is throwing his fastball a career-low 35.5 percent of the time. He now throws a curveball a career-high 30.1 percent.

Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched a four-inning simulated game Friday and will reenter the rotation Wednesday, officially pushing originally listed starter Paul Maholm to the bullpen. That also could push reliever Chris Withrow to the minors despite a 2.77 ERA, because Withrow is not out of options. Ryu landed on the DL with left-shoulder inflammation.

Maholm (1-4, 5.40 ERA) enters the series off a start against the Miami Marlins in which he allowed 10 runs (five earned) on 11 hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. Reed Johnson homered against him on a 62 mph curveball, the slowest pitch resulting in a long ball in the majors since Jose Bautista sent a 61.7 mph offering also from Maholm over the outfield wall on May 28, 2013, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Maholm made three relief appearances in March/April, including during the club’s season-opening trip to Australia.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Greinke on his way to Brew Town?


According to Jim Breen of Bernie's Crew ( A Brewers Blog), A Source within the organization earlier today insists that the Milwaukee Brewers have come to a preliminary agreement with the Kansas City Royals for a deal that would send pitcher Zack Greinke to Milwaukee.

The rumored agreement would send shortstop Alcides Escobar, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, and right-hander Jeremy Jeffress to Kansas City in return for Greinke, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and approximately $2M.

The extra $2M is to offset a portion of the $31M that would come to Milwaukee in the trade. Coincidentally, Betancourt's buyout for the 2012 season is $2M -- so that number could make a good deal of sense, if the Brewers have no intention of keeping the shortstop.

Breen had been told that the Milwaukee Brewers were originally informed that they had "no chance" of landing Greinke during the Winter Meetings, but that could have changed significantly once Greinke went public with his demands to leave the Royals.

The deal is expected to be announced on Monday.

Yesterday I reported that Greinke wanted out !

Saturday, December 18, 2010

MLB Trade Rumor: Greinke wants to be traded




According to David Andriesen of CBS Sports,  Zack Greinke wants out.

Greinke fired his agent Friday, apparently part of an effort to force a trade. FOXSports.com is hearing from multiple major-league sources that the Cy Young winner has asked to be traded.

Greinke, 27, is unhappy with being on a losing team, something he was very open about in a September interview. "I just want to be on a team that's working towards winning right now. I don't want to just go through years where you're rebuilding. It's not something that gets me excited is all."

After winning the Cy Young in 2009 with a MLB-best 2.16 ERA, Greinke went 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA last season. Baseball people think Greinke wasn't giving his best effort, and he admitted he wasn't motivated, things that might be corrected with a change of scenery.

Greinke has a no-trade provision with 15 teams listed, including the Yankees, Nationals, Blue Jays, Brewers and Red Sox.

Of course, that doesn't mean he can't be traded to any of those 15 teams, just that he'd have to give permission. Now that he's trying to get out, that's probably more likely than it was when he signed the contract. He has two more years on his deal at $13.5 million per season.

The Royals had reportedly been asking for the moon for Greinke, but the pitcher's new stance might pressure them to be more flexible. And Greinke's new agent, Casey Close, was the force behind getting Roy Halladay out of Toronto last winter.

I know Mets Fans will be clamoring over this subject saying, "Get Greinke, Get Greinke" but the only possible way the Mets land this righthander is if they take some salary back meaning Beltran (not possible because he wants to win), Perez (ahhh, no), Castillo (ahhhhh no, again) and/or Reyes (but who would play SS).

Please make comments....

Monday, December 06, 2010

Greinke on the way to the Rangers?


A Zack Greinke deal won't be done quickly, but more and more it's sounding like it will get done.

There does, however, appear to be some tension between the Royals and the perceived leader for the 2009 Cy Young-winner, the Rangers. The Royals feel the Rangers are low-balling them and the Rangers feel like the Royals are asking for too much, Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star writes .

"We're going to move slow with it and [wait] until we get the right type of deal if, indeed, we move on it," Royals general manager Dayton Moore told the Star. "It's no different than any other year. I could give you examples -- I won't, but I could -- where we've been close to dealing Zack or other players in the past if we got the right pieces. We didn't get the right piece included."

So what's the right piece? It appears to start with two top prospects, one of them being a pitcher.

From Texas, the Royals want shortstop Jurickson Profar, outfielder Engel Beltre and a pitcher or two among the group of Derek Holland, Tanner Scheppers and Martin Perez.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

No Trade and High Price for Greinke remain obstacles for Jays


According to Fox Sports, The Blue Jays have contacted the Royals about a trade for right-hander Zack Greinke, and the Royals are intrigued by what the Jays might offer, according to major-league sources.

Here’s the problem: The Jays are on Greinke’s no-trade list, meaning that he cannot be sent to Toronto without his permission. That fact alone does not preclude a trade: Players frequently waive no-trade clauses, usually in exchange for some kind of contractual benefit.  Greinke, sources say, has told the Royals that he is willing “to go anywhere.”  Other clubs, however, are skeptical of that stance. “The rule of thumb is that if a player has a team on his no-trade list, it makes it less likely,” one rival general manager says.

Greinke, 27, has 15 teams on his no-trade list. The Rangers, Braves, Reds are among the clubs with possible interest in him that are not on the list, sources say. Those teams would face no such obstacle in trading for the Royals' ace.

The Jays possibly could land Greinke if they were willing to part with right-hander Kyle Drabek, outfielder Travis Snyder and another minor leaguer or two, according to the Toronto Sun.  Such a package would intrigue the Royals, sources say. But the Jays might not be ready to break up their emerging core of young pitchers to take a run at the post-season, even if they could persuade Greinke to join their club.

Greinke is signed for two more years at $13.5 million per season. He will become a free agent in the 2012-13 off-season.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Rumors: Blue Jays are making a push at Zach Greinke


While much of the news surrounding the possible trade of Royals ace Zack Greinke has focused on the Rangers and Yankees -- the Blue Jays are making a push for the right-hander, the Toronto Sun 's Bob Elliott writes .

And the Blue Jays aren't alone, Elliott says the Twins, Rangers, Braves, Reds, Mariners and Nationals have called the Royals about the 27-year old. While not mentioned in the linked article, the Red Sox have also reportedly shown interested in Greinke.

According to Elliott, the Blue Jays think they need "one more big piece" to make a run at the American League East title, and Greinke could be that piece.

Elliott speculates Kyle Drabek and Travis Snider "and some minor leaguers" could be enough to land Greinke. Drabek was the center of the deal that sent Roy Halladay from Toronto to Philadelphia.
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