Zack Greinke got his shit rocked last night in his 2016 debut, which just so happens to be his first start in a Diamondbacks uniform. You know, the team who made him the highest paid player in baseball history by average annual value over the offseason. If you use this start to shit talk Greinke, you’re probably just a fan of a team who he tormented over the years. Instead, we’re gonna take this opportunity to appreciate Greinke’s greatness.
The last time Greinke pitched 4 innings or less: May 5, 2014 – Greinke pitched 3 innings and gave up two earned runs, but his outing only ended because of a rain delay that lasted more than three hours. The last time that Greinke pitched 4 innings or less because of poor performance was back on May 27, 2013. Greinke got the hook after 4 innings after he allowed six runs, four earned, on 10 hits, walked a guy and only struck out a pair.
The last time Greinke gave up 9 hits or more: June 2, 2015 – Greinke gave up 10 hits over 6 innings to the team who shelled him last night, the Colorado Rockies. That was the only time during the entire 2015 season that he gave up more than 8 hits in a start. Teams averaged 4.6 hits per start against Greinke last year.
The last time Greinke allowed 7 earned runs or more: May 26, 2012 – It’s been almost four years since Greinke has allowed that many runs. In a start that lasted just 2.1 innings against his future team in his future home ballpark, the Diamondbacks tagged Greinke for 7 earned runs on 10 hits.
The last time Greinke had 2 strikeouts or less: June 2, 2015 – The same start listed above for the last time that Greinke allowed 10 hits, that was the same night that he struck out two batters most recently. The right-hander averaged 6.25 strikeouts per start in 2015.
The last time Greinke allowed 3 home runs in one start: August 19, 2009 – You’d think that this would be a disaster of a start, but it really wasn’t. Greinke gave up three bombs to the White Sox, but still went seven innings, and held Chicago to four earned runs and struck out eight. He still got the loss, though, because that’s when the Royals sucked, although that was the same year that he won his first and only Cy Young award.