Dodgers @ Padres Sept. 22, 2013: Zack Greinke’s Incredible Year

petco_park_opener2013Just look at the top five of that lineup, please. Yasiel Puig. Carl Crawford. Hanley Ramirez. Adrian Gonzalez. Matt Kemp. That’s how it should look, and that’s without even considering Andre Ethier, who is likely to be back in the lineup on Tuesday.

It’s not all perfect, since Juan Uribe and Mark Ellis and A.J. Ellis are all out, and so it’s not exactly what you’ll see when the playoffs get started. But finally, after an entire season of fits and starts, we’re seeing something that resembles what this thing was supposed to have looked like from the beginning — and I think we all know how much of a difference it makes to have the main guys rather than Dee Gordon and Alex Castellanos and so on.

Dodgers
Padres
RF
Puig
LF
Amarista
LF
Crawford
SS
Cedeno
SS
Ramirez
RF
Venable
1B
Gonzalez
2B
Gyorko
CF
Kemp
1B
Medica
3B
Young
3B
Forsythe
2B
Schumaker
CF
Fuentes
C
Federowicz
C
Rivera
P
Greinke
P
Cashner

On the other side, Zack Greinke goes, and I’m starting to wonder how he’s going to rate in the Cy Young balloting. Clayton Kershaw is the obvious winner, of course, but Matt Harvey is going to be hurt in the voting by the elbow injured that ended his year early, and we’re just not hearing the buzz around Adam Wainwright that he really deserves.

Greinke’s working on a streak of ten consecutive starts without allowing two or more earned runs — and 13 of 14 — and if he does well over his final two starts, it’s possible that he ends up going 17-3 with an ERA around 2.55. I bring up the wins not because they really matter, but because voters will look at them, and to get to that point after missing so much time with the broken collarbone would be remarkable. (If wins mattered. Which they do not.)

Is that enough to get him into the top three? Top five? I plan on looking into the award races more deeply at another time, but at the moment I think my top three is probably Kershaw, Wainwright, and Jose Fernandez, though I haven’t yet decided how I’m going to weigh Harvey’s season. It’s possible that Greinke sneaks in there, however, and the fact that we’re even having this discussion given how his season got going is an accomplishment in itself.

Fri 10/11Sat 10/12Sun 10/13Mon 10/14Tues 10/15Wed 10/16Thurs 10/17
RR. Belisario9105
LJ.P. Howell152026
RK. Jansen51626
RC. Marmol26
RB. Wilson281411
RC. Withrow2544
RE. Volquez

557 comments
moneynow27
moneynow27

Someday there will be a Kenley Jansen day for the Dodgers, just like they had a Mariano Rivera day today for the Yankees.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

check out the 40 whiners game unless you like them hahahahahahha

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

Anyone have a thought on Bartolo Colon? Could he still be doping?

I Digesti
I Digesti

Uh - Dumb Mike yammering on about Puig having "only" a 3.7% BB%, yet that is when he was hitting .400.  Good handling him Smart Mike.

I Digesti
I Digesti

The other Mike on the podcast is kind of dumb.  Doesn't he realize that there are players that size in the NFL that fun 4.4 40s?

RChap22
RChap22

crawford is 5-for-32

I Digesti
I Digesti

How insane is Trout?  His fWAR is .1 higher, despite having significantly less addition from defense and positional.  

RChap22
RChap22

you gotta be at least somewhat concerned about the lack of consistent hitting and patience at the plate over the last couple of weeks


Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

Anyone else kind of wish they weren't wasting Jansen on this game?

I Digesti
I Digesti

That dude with Mike on the podcast annoys me with the way he says acronyms.

Blue Collar
Blue Collar

Get all the strikeouts out of the way for the postseason

Carver
Carver

@RChap22 He heats up for awhile and then comes crashing down to Earth. That's 2013 Carl Crawford.

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

@RChap22 Honestly, I would prefer as few opportunities for injuries as possible at this point.

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

@RChap22 we haven't really been playing all of our starters for the last couple of weeks...right?