If you’re wondering if Zack Greinke is ready for the playoffs… yes. Yes he is. Greinke allowed just three baserunners in five scoreless innings against the Padres, leaving after 72 pitches only because this game was utterly without meaning, as these days increasingly take on an “are we there yet?!” feel. It’s only been a few days since the Dodgers clinched, but they’ve been the obvious division champions for weeks now, and September feels like an endless slog at this point. (He says, fully aware that he’s complaining because his favorite team did so well that they laugh at the very idea of a pennant race.)
Andrew Cashner actually managed to match Greinke, until he allowed a Michael Young double in the seventh to score the game’s only run; in the only actual news of note, Andre Ethier made a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth, his first game action since September 13, but struck out — one of six consecutive Dodgers to whiff to end the game. J.P. Howell got the win, because wins, and I bring that up only because of the “Greinke in the Cy Young race?” conversation we had earlier.