Saturday, August 15, 2009

Royals shutout in another Grienke start

Game Date: August 14, 2009
Kansas City @ Detroit
Tigers 1, Royals 0 / Box Score
WP: Lyon (6-4), LP: Colon (1-2)
KC Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 45-70 / Record in August 5-8

If you are new to watching the Royals—although I don’t see how they could be attracting new fans these days—then you have to be wondering if the Royals ever score when Zack Greinke pitches. They were shutout again last night with Greinke on the mound. The answer would be, not often.

As Royals Review pointed out, the Royals have been shutout four times this season while Greinke was on the mound. If you take a look at Greinke’s game log, you might be appalled. They Royals are 11-13 when Greinke starts. They have scored five or more runs for him six times in those 24 starts. And it has only happened once since his start on June 23.

I love what Brandon Inge said about Greinke after the game last night:

"He's got five or six pitches that are just ridiculous," Inge said. "Tonight he threw me a pitch I had never seen from him before—a 95-mph cutter that looked like Mariano Rivera. He's so good [that] he's just inventing stuff out there."

If a poster were going to be made of Greinke this season, this quote from Inge should be on it.

The funny thing is, Greinke didn’t have great control last night, but he still kept the Tigers off the scoreboard. And he dropped his ERA to 2.33. You have to wonder if pitching for the Royals is going to cost Greinke a shot at winning the Cy Young.

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