The Los Angeles Dodgers have one of the best number-two starters in baseball. Because they employ Clayton Kershaw, pitcher Zack Greinke is forced to become the team’s second in command from the mound.
It’s time to start worrying about Greinke. There’s nothing about his performance to make me think he won’t be anything but fantastic in 2015. That is, if he’s healthy.
The offseason hasn’t been a very pleasant one for the 31-year-old veteran. He first was outspoken in a very passive aggressive way about how the Dodgers are not as good as they were last year. Rightfully so, they lost their middle infield in Dee Gordon and Hanley Ramirez along with Matt Kemp who in spite of his struggles was still a centerpiece of the lineup.
Now, Greinke is taking things a little more personally and it has nothing to do with how he feels about management.
Earlier this week, Greinke received what has become an annual injection into his arm. He’s taking precautions which is good, however, he’s not quite at the age where an annual dose of fluids into his elbow is a saving grace. Popeye eating some spinach to get strong comes from a cartoon for a reason: because it doesn’t actually have any long-term positive effects in real life.
Greinke has been real good in his two seasons with the Dodgers. He’s 32-12 with a 2.68 ERA. In 2014, he managed to strikeout more than a batter per inning. He’s not at Kershaw level, but definitely someone who could become an ace pitching anywhere else.
So start worrying Dodgers’ fan, but don’t panic. The bad dark clouds haven’t arrived yet. The weatherman is just very insistent that tomorrow they’ll be here.