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Zack Greinke (SP)

Arizona Diamondbacks - 66% owned

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Bats: R, Throws: R

Zack Greinke went seven innings, giving up eight hits, two runs, and two walks while striking out eight.

Fantasy Impact: Zack Greinke was the big off-season acquisition for the Diamondbacks and is still looking to get back to his 2015 form. Excluding Greinke's poor outing on April 25, he seems to be on his way. Zack should be in all lineups until further notice. DFS wise, there might be better options depending on matchups.

 

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Aided by a nine-run explosion from the offense in the sixth inning, Zack Grienke got his second win of the season on Monday night despite giving up seven earned runs. Although he didn't walk anyone, Grienke only struck out two and allowed 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Fantasy Impact: After two solid starts away from Chase Field, Grienke had his third poor outing at his new home in three tries this season. He's now given up 18 runs at home in 16 2/3 innings. Anything that happens in April must be taken with the "small sample size" grain of salt, but this is not the start that fantasy owners were hoping for from Greinke. He may have a longer adjustment period to his new home than his fantasy owners would like.

 

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Zack Greinke threw 6 2/3 innings and struck out seven, earning the win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night. Greinke started the game with six scoreless innings, but was removed after giving up a run with two outs in the seventh. The outing lowered his ERA for the season to 5.25.

Fantasy Impact: Although this was his first win of the season, it was the second straight quality start for Greinke. His next scheduled start will be back at Chase Field - where he struggled in his first two starts of the season - against the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

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Zack Greinke had his first solid outing of the young season on Friday, giving up two runs in 7 1/3 innings against the San Diego Padres. Greinke did not factor in the decision, a 3-2 Diamondback victory. Greinke gave up six hits and a walk and struck out five.

Fantasy Impact: A year ago, this was a "bad" start for Greinke, but after giving up 11 earned runs in his first two starts of 2016, his owners can breathe a sigh of relief after this outing. His next start comes against a more formidable opponent in the San Francisco Giants, who he is 7-0 against in his career, with a 2.19 ERA.

 

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Zack Greinke allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings against the Cubs on Saturday. He had three walks and eight strikeouts in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke had a rough beginning to his outing, allowing three runs in the first inning, before settling down and only allowing one more through the next five frames. It hasn't been an ace-like start to the season for Greinke, but he finally has an easy matchup in his next outing, facing the Padres. If he struggles there, it will be a giant red flag.

 

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Zack Grienke allowed seven runs on nine hits in four innings against the Rockies on Monday. He had one walk and two strikeouts in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Five of the seven runs Grienke allowed came off of three home runs, with all of them coming in the third and fourth innings, as the Dbacks ace simply couldn't get command of his pitches. Greinke's next start is set to be against the Cubs, which is arguably an even tougher matchup, so be cautious.

 

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Zack Greinke allowed no runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings against Texas on Saturday. He had one walk and seven strikeouts in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke has shown no signs of slowing down since joining the D-Backs, cruising to a 1.88 ERA thus far this Spring. Greinke is going precisely where his value is (7th SP/30th overall ADP), as he is an elite pitcher on the rise, as he showed last year with a ridiculous 1.66 ERA & 0.84 WHIP and 200 Ks. Do not assume an exact repeat, but draft with confidence.

 

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This spring, Greinke has thrown five innings while striking out two and allowing no earned runs and five hits.

Fantasy Impact: Zack Greinke is going to be a workhorse for the Arizona Diamondbacks and he should be treated as one. It will be hard for him to repeat last years numbers but he should be close. Zack will get better run support from one of the top offenses in baseball. Zack Greinke should be one of the top pitchers taken in this year draft.

 

Zack Greinke allowed no runs on one hit in two innings against the Athletics on Friday. He had two strikeouts in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke looked to be in prime form in his first start of Spring Training with his new club. Greinke is once again a top-10 option in fantasy, despite the bad ballpark, and with a solid offense behind him he should have plenty of wins to go with his great ratios. Don't expect a repeat of last year, however, as a .232 BABIP allowed (compared to his career .301) is not repeatable, so some regression to his previous norms is likely.

 

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Zack Greinke is reportedly in an agreement to sign with the Diamondbacks pending a physical. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Greinke played at a Cy Young level last season going 19-3 with a 1.66 ERA and 200 strikeouts. Should he sign with the Diamondbacks, he'll be the clear ace on the team.

 

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In an expected move, Zack Greinke has opted out of his contract with the Dodgers, becoming a free agent. He enters the offseason as one of the highest-profile players available on the open market. (Source: Bill Shaikin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Greinke is attempting to cash in on what appeared to be a career year. The 32-year-old had impressive ERA and WHIP totals, though peripherals tell a different story. Greinke was a sell-high candidate seemingly through the entire season, and it will be interesting to see where he lands and how he performs in 2016.

 

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Zack Greinke allowed three earned runs, six hits (one home run), walked one, and struck out nine Thursday night in the deciding game of the 2015 NLDS. Greinke pitched well but could not get David Murphy out. He doubled in the first inning to drive in the Mets first run. He then scored on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, after taking third base when the Dodgers defense was out of position from a defensive shift. The dagger was a home run in the seventh inning that knocked Greinke out of the game. 68-of-103 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke ended 2015 with a 19-3 record, 1.66 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 200 strikeouts in 222 2/3 innings during the regular season. Unfortunately, in two playoff starts, he was 1-1 with a 3.29 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings. Greinke is one of the favorites to win the Cy Young award. He is also opting out of his contract and will test the free agent market. He will be one of the top pitchers selected in 2016 fantasy drafts, but keep in mind that he could be pitching somewhere other than Los Angeles.

 

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Zack Greinke allowed two earned runs, five hits (two home runs), and struck out eight in seven innings Saturday night in Game 2 of the 2015 NLDS. The offense was able to pick up Greinke in the seventh inning primarily due to the controversial slide by Chase Utley to break up a potential double play. Four runs were plated that inning to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead. 70-of-110 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke finished as the #2 overall player on the ESPN Player Rater. He had an unbelievable season ending with a 1.66 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 200 strikeouts in 222 2/3 innings. A Cy Young is definitely in the cards and a huge payday is awaiting him in the offseason. Greinke should be one of the top pitchers selected in 2016 drafts. The only question will be if that's in Los Angeles.

 

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Zack Greinke pitched eight brilliant innings Saturday night against the San Diego Padres. He allowed one earned run, four hits (one home run), walked one and struck out eight. 77-of-108 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Before tonight's game, Greinke was the No. 3 overall player on the ESPN Player Rater. He finished the regular season with a 1.66 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 200 strikeouts inn 222 2/3 innings. A marvelous season that could end with the Cy Young and a hefty new contract in the offseason.

 

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Zack Greinke will start Saturday

Wed, Sep 30th 9:06pm EDT
By Stan Son

Zack Greinke will make his normal start on Saturday. (Source: Bill Plunkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Great news for fantasy owners, but lower expectations. The Dodgers have clinched the NL West so this would be a glorified bullpen session.

 

Zack Greinke allowed two earned runs, four hits, walked three and struck out seven in seven innings Monday night against the San Francisco Giants. 59-of-93 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: There are six games left in the season, so Greinke should pitch one more game. Things could change depending upon how the playoff picture pans out though. On the season, Greinke is sporting a ridiculous 1.68 ERA, 0.85 WHIP with 192 strikeouts in 214 2/3 innings.

 

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Zack Greinke will miss tonight's start due to calf soreness. (Source: Dodgers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A replacement starter has not been named yet. The injury does not sound serious as Greinke is slated to make his next scheduled start.

 

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Zack Greinke allowed two earned runs, four hits, walked two, and struck out three in seven innings Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. 66-of-97 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Zack Greinke is the No. 1 overall player on the ESPN Player Rater. He now has a 1.65 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 185 strikeouts in 207 2/3 innings pitched.

 

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Zack Greinke dominates again

Sun, Sep 13th 7:36pm EDT
By Stan Son

Zack Greinke did not allow an earned run Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He gave up three hits, walked two, and struck out eight in 8 innings. 59-of-93 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: The amazing, "pay this man his money," season for Greinke continues. 1.61 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 182 strikeouts in 200 2/3 innings.

 

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Zack Greinke allowed three earned runs, seven hits, and struck out five in six innings Monday night against the Angels. 59-of-89 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Coming into tonight's game, Greinke was the #1 overall player on the ESPN Player Rater. On the season, he has a 1.68 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 174 strikeouts in 192 2/3 innings. The scary thing is his record of 15-3 should have five or more wins.

 

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Zack Greinke was brilliant Tuesday night against the rival San Francisco Giants. He allowed one earned run, five hits, one walk, and struck out five in 7 1/3 innings. 76-of-114 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke is the #2 overall player on the ESPN Player Rater. If the Dodgers offense gave him more run support during the season, he would have over 20 wins and could be the #1 overall player. Unbelievable season. On the year, 15-3 record, 1.59 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 169 strikeouts in 186 2/3 innings. Bill Shaikin tweeted during the game: Dodgers franchise ERA record is held by Hall of Famer Rube Marquard with a 1.58 ERA for the 1916 Brooklyn Robins.

 

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Zack Greinke pitches another gem

Thu, Aug 27th 4:51pm EDT
By Stan Son

Zack Greinke shut out the Reds for his 14th win of the season. He allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out nine. 67-of-109 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: The amazing season for Greinke continues. His ERA is 1.61 and he's struck out 164 batters in 172 1/3 innings. He's the best pitcher in fantasy right now. Someone is getting paid this offseason.

 

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Zack Greinke allowed three earned runs on three hits Saturday in Houston. He struck out five and did not issue a walk in seven innings pitched. 61-of-93 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke has allowed more than three earned runs in a game only twice in 25 starts. On the year, he has a 1.67 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 155 K's in 172 1/3 innings. He's the #3 overall player on ESPN's Player Rater.

 

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Zack Greinke stymies the Reds

Sun, Aug 16th 7:48pm EDT
By Stan Son

Zack Greinke allowed one earned run on six hits in seven innings Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds. He walked one and struck out eight. Grieinke also belted a solo home run in the fifth inning. 68-of-107 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke is now the No. 2 overall player on ESPN's Player, behind Paul Goldschmidt. Wow. Someone is getting paid in the offseason.

 

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Zack Greinke shuts down the Nationals

Wed, Aug 12th 12:26am EDT
By Stan Son

Zack Greinke pitched six innings of scoreless baseball Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals. He allowed six hits, walked one, and struck out six. 71-of-109 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Nice bounceback for Greinke after he allowed six earned runs to the Phillies in his last start. On the season, Greinke now sports a 1.65 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 142 strikeouts in 158 1/3 innings pitched. He is currently the #4 overall player on ESPN's Player Rater, and the #2 starting pitcher behind Max Scherzer.

 

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Zack Greinke got roughed up for five first inning runs Thursday against the Phillies. Despite that, he earned the win as he was able to pitch six innings, allowing a total of six earned runs on seven hits, walking two, and striking out eight. Greinke was also a force at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a home run. 69-of-111 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: There was a huge discrepancy of Greinke's ERA (1.41) and FIP (2.58) entering Thursday's contest. After the game, his ERA spiked to 1.71. There could be some more regression in the works, but there have been many instances of pitchers maintaining a big spread between the two metrics. Just be aware that it's there. It was a pleasant surprise for the offense to pick up Greinke as he had pitched nine games where he allowed two or fewer runs and was either straddled with a loss or no-decision.

 

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Zack Greinke pitched another gem over the Angels Friday night. He went eight innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits, walked one, and struck out eight. 68-of-108 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: 2015 Greinke eerily reminds me of 1988 Orel. They both had ridiculous scoreless-inning streaks, struck out a tad under a batter-per-inning, and both had ERAs almost a full run under their FIPs. Earlier in the year, I thought Greinke's ERA would regress, but he's in such a zone that a 1988 Orel-esque season may be in the works. Too bad his win total and complete game shutouts weren't on Orel's level, then Greinke would be the No.1 fantasy pitcher without a doubt.

 

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Matt Latos traded to the Dodgers

Wed, Jul 29th 11:43am EDT
By Stan Son

Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Dodgers have acquired Matt Latos and Mike Morse from the Marlins in exchange for prospects. (Source: Gordon Wittenmeyer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Latos has pitched well since returning from injury. Going to Los Angeles should elevate his fantasy value, as the Dodgers boast a good offense and defense.

 

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Zack Greinke allowed two earned runs on four hits Sunday against the New York Mets. He allowed three walks and struck out three in the seven innings he pitched. 62-of-103 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: 1.37 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 120 strikeouts in 138.1 innings pitched. While his record is 9-2, the win total could be much higher if the Dodgers offense had given him more support. Bill Plunkett tweeted this stat earlier: 4th time this season the Dodgers had 0 runs when Zack Greinke came out of the game. He allowed a total of 3 runs in those 4 games.

 

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Zack Greinke will start Sunday

Fri, Jul 24th 10:08pm EDT
By Stan Son

Zack Greinke will start Sunday. (Source: Dylan Hernandez in Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Not too much to analyze here. Start. He pitches against the Mets so he could get a little closer to Orel Hershisher's scoreless record of 59 innings on Sunday.

 

Zack Greinke is unlikely to pitch on Friday due to the birth of his first child. (Source: Alanna Rizzo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: No official word on when Greinke will return or who will replace him tomorrow.

 

Zack Greinke extended his scoreless streak to 43 2/3 innings after pitching eight innings in Washington. He allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out 11. 76-of-119 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: That makes six consecutive starts without allowing an earned run. Only three pitchers since 1920 have accomplished that feat: Orel Hershiser in 1988 and Don Drysdale in 1968. He still has a while to go before challenging Orel's 1988 streak of 59, but what a season for Greinke as he now has a 1.30 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, and 117 Ks in 131 innings. He's the No. 2 pitcher on ESPNs Player Rater. His FIP is 2.64 so regression should be coming, but it's hard to bet on that the way Greinke is pitching right now.

 

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Zack Greinke was brilliant again Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched eight innings of one hit ball to extend his scoreless streak to 35 2/3 innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out eight. 63-of-94 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Wow. Greinke now possesses a 1.39 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. He's struck out 106 batters in 123 1/3 innings with an insane 6:1 strikeout/walk ratio. If he maintains that pace, it would place him in the top 50 k:bb performances of all time. Greinke is currently the No. 11 overall player on ESPN's Player Rater.

 

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Zack Greinke was brilliant once again Saturday against the New York Mets. He pitched seven innings of shutout ball, allowing four hits, and striking out four. 63-of-100 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: This makes four consecutive starts, totalling 27 2/3 innings, that Greinke has not allowed an earned run. Unfortunately, he was left with a no-decision in two of those games. On the season, his ERA is now 1.48. His FIP is 2.48, so regression could be coming, but Matt Cain pitched many years scoffing at sabermetrics. In seven of 13 years, Greinke has had a lower ERA than FIP.

 

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Zack Greinke was once again brilliant Sunday against the Miami Marlins. He pitched 7.2 innings of scoreless baseball while allowing four hits, walking one, and striking out six. 65-of-101 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke hasn't allowed an earned run in his last three starts (20.2 innings). It's the most since his Cy Young year in 2009. On the year, he's sporting a 1.58 ERA with a 0.91 WHIP. He's struck out 94 in 108.1 innings, but only has a 6-2 recored. He probably won't win the Cy Young this year because of Max Scherzer, but he wll be in the mix. While his ERA is a miniscule 1.58, his FIP is 2.92 so there is bound to be some regression to the upside for his ERA.

 

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Zack Greinke was masterful shutting out the Chicago Cubs for six innings. He allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out five. 66-of-111 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: That makes nine consecutive starts that Greinke has not won despite allowing two or fewer runs in eight of them. It's a shame because he is pitching at a Cy Young level but is not receiving much offensive support. He's currently the #8 starting pitcher according to ESPN's Player Rater. He could be in the Top 5 if he had more wins.

 

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Zack Greinke did not allow an earned run in seven innings Thursday night against the Texas Rangers. He allowed four hits, did not issue a walk, and struck out eight. 57-of-89 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: This is getting ridiculous. Greinke is 0-2 in the last eight games he's pitched. In that stretch, he's allowed two or fewer runs in seven of those outings. Greinke is in Cy Young form, sporting a 1.81 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and has struck out 83 batters in 94.2 innings. Unfortunately, his record is 5-2. If he can start racking up the wins, he can end up in the tier right below Max Scherzer.

 

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Zack Greinke threw eight solid innings allowing eight hits and two runs while stricking out seven and only walking one in a tough 2-1 loss to the Padres. The Dodgers couldn't get anything in the ninth so Greinke wasn't needed to come back out.

Fantasy Impact: He was pitching a stellar game but gave up a home run to Justin Upton in the eighth inning which would decide the game. The Dodgers offense let him down as they had a perfect match-up against a pitcher they usually knock around (Ian Kennedy). Greinke is winless in his last seven starts which is more of a lack of offense as he has only allowed one run each in five of those games. He remains one of the top pitchers in the game right now.

 

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Zack Greinke pitched great for 6 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run, six hits, walking one, and striking out eight Cardinals. Unfortunately, the Dodgers bullpen couldn't hold the lead and left Greinke with a no-decision. 64-of-99 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Tough luck for Greinke as this marked the fourth consecutive no-decision. In three of those games, he allowed one earned run. In six of his previous seven games started, Greinke has allowed one or zero earned runs. Everything will even out over the course of the season. Greinke has been magnificent to date and nothing suggests that will change. Just hope for more strikeouts but he's pitching Cy Young-caliber right now.

 

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Zack Greinke gets Coors'd

Wed, Jun 3rd 12:44am EDT
By Stan Son

Zack Greinke got roughed up by the Rockies in Colorado. He allowed five earned runs, 10 hits, walked one, and struck out two in six innings. 51-of-81 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Coors Field will do that to the best of pitchers. Even with tonight's performance, Greinke is still sporting a 1.97 ERA on the season. Things should return to normal when the Dodgers return to the friendly confines of Chavez Ravine next week.

 

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Zach Greinke limited the Atlanta Braves to three hits over six innings. One of the hits was a home run by Cameron Maybin. Greinke walked two and struck out nine. Unfortunately, the Dodgers offense could only muster one run against Alex Wood so Greinke is saddled with another no-decision. 61-of-97 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: The potential Cy Young season for Greinke continues to chug along. He now sports a 1.48 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. He's struck out 58 batters in 67 innings pitched and the 5-1 record could be much better if the run support was there. He's setting himself up for a humungous payday in the off-season. The only aspect that probably won't put him in the top of the fantasy rankings is the strikeouts. If he could get over a strikeout per inning, he could vie for the top spot. Regardless, he's having an amazing season.

 

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Zack Greinke pitched 7.2 masterful innings Friday night against the San Diego Padres. Unfortunately, the Dodgers offense was inept again and could only muster one run to leave him with a no-decision. Greinke allowed six hits, walked one, and struck out five. 69-of-105 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Tough luck for Greinke as he was taken out in the eighth inning and Joc Pederson subsequently launched a home run in the bottom of the frame. Regardless, another great performance for the soon-to-be free agent pitcher. It could be another one of those Cy Young seasons for Greinke.

 

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Zack Greinke pitched six great innings against the Colorado Rockies. Unfortunately, Jorge De La Rosa was better Saturday night by shutting out the Dodgers. Greinke allowed one earned run on four hits. He struck out five and did not walk anyone. 62-of-100 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke has been brilliant so far this season. He's sporting a 1.52 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 44 strikeouts in 53.1 innings pitched. The only thing separating him from the elite pitchers in the game is the strikeout rate.

 

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Zack Greinke throws another gem

Tue, May 12th 10:07am EDT
By Ryan Trammell

Zack Greinke threw seven innings of one run ball with five strikeouts, two walks and only allowed six hits but did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Unfortunately for Greinke one of those six hits was a HR to Marcel Ozuna. Greinke has been lights out for the Dodgers this year as he carries an insane 1.52 ERA and is 5-0 on the season. He is one of the top 10 pitchers in the league and is actually outperforming his teammate Clayton Kershaw.

 

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Zack Greinke pitched 7 2/3 innings of masterful baseball. He struck out seven, walked two, and allowed one unearned run on two hits. 64-of-103 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Clayton Kershaw who? Greinke has been the ace of the Dodgers staff so far. He now sports a miniscule 1.56 ERA on the young season. The year he won the Cy Young in 2009, Greinke ended with a 2.33 ERA and struck out a whopping 242 batters. He could be poised for a legitimate Cy Young run in 2015 and could be an ace on many of fantasy teams.

 

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Zack Greinkie labors for the win

Thu, Apr 30th 1:27am EDT
By Stan Son

Zack Greinke was not sharp Wednesday night against the San Francisco Giants. He labored through six innings throwing 110 pitches. He allowed seven hits (one home run), three earned runs, walked two, and struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: Even when he doesn't possess his A-game, Greinke still provides a quality start, a win, and a strikeout-per-inning. That's what you want from an anchor of your staff. As long as he doesn't use his shoulder to absorb the brunt of a Carlos Quentin bull rush, Greinke looks to be poised for a stellar 2015 campaign.

 

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Zack Greinke shuts down the Padres

Sat, Apr 25th 1:49am EDT
By Stan Son

Zack Greinke pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball to earn his third win of the season. He allowed four hits, walked three, and struck out seven. 68 of 106 pitches were thrown for strikes. Greinke now has a 1.35 ERA on the young season.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke was great. He didn't have his best stuff as evidenced by the three walks and high pitch count, but he battled through all night. The second inning was huge as he was able to escape a bases-loaded jam with no outs unscathed. Greinke doesn't blow anyone away, but his precise control and way he changes speed allows him to dominate batters. Greinke will help in wins, quality starts, ERA, and WHIP. If he can strikeout over a batter-per-inning, a feat he's accomplished in three seasons, then Greinke will be a bona-fide ace.

 

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Zack Greinke earned his second win of the season Saturday night against the Colorado Rockies. He pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowed three earned runs, walked one, and struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: This wasn't the sharpest game for Greinke. He threw two wild pitches and only 63 of 103 pitches were thrown for strikes. In the first inning, he allowed a double, a single, and hit a batter but was able to escape only giving up one earned run. He cruised the rest of the game until the seventh when he was approaching the 100 pitch mark. After Mattingly came out for a visit, he struck out Hundley then allowed a two-run home run to LeMahieu. Even when Greinke is not at his best, he is still freaking good. He's set up for a huge season.

 

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Zack Greinke allowed five hits in seven innings of scoreless ball. He struck out seven and did not allow a walk. 67 of 102 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke was 3-0 against the Diamondbacks with a 1.42 ERA in 2014. He has not lost to an NL West opponent since 2013. Greinke is 18-1 with a 1.94 ERA versus the NL West as a Dodger (courtesy of Bill Plunkett). The trend looks to be continuing for 2015.

 

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Zack Greinke pitched six innings of two hit ball Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres. He was unfortunate to not be in-line for the win as the earned run given up was due to Carl Crawford mis-playing a ball in left field and then the bullpen was not able to hold down the 2-1 lead. Greinke walked one and struck out four Padres. He threw 61 of his total 94 pitches for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke was painting the corners and spotting the ball all night. The lack of strikeouts is a concern but at the end of the year the total should be around 200 Ks if healthy. Greinke has historically dominated the Padres, but if he pitches like Tuesday night, he will dominate most teams.

 

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Zack Greinke pitched seven innings against minor leaguers in his final tuneup before Opening Day. He was visibly upset the first five innings as he served up two home runs. After making a small mechanical adjustment in the fifth inning, he retired the final nine batters in order with four consecutive strikeouts. He ended the day with nine total strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke is the #10 starting pitcher off the board. He's as solid as they come, as long as he is not taking the brunt of a charging Carlos Quentin with his shoulder. Expect a 2.70 ERA, 200 innings pitched, 200 Ks, and a 1.15 WHIP.

 

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Zack Greinke was visibly frustrated all night as he couldn't command his pitches the way he wanted. Greinke was pulled before he could finish four innings at the 75-pitch mark. He gave up four runs (two earned), five hits, two walks, and struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke's struggles do not seem to be injury-related and he said that he probably needs a few more starts to get right. I would love Greinke as my #2 so I hope this outing depresses his value a bit as he is currently the #9 starting pitcher off the board.

 

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Zack Greinke sharp

Sat, Mar 21st 7:29pm EDT
By Stan Son

Zack Greinke did not allow an earned run Saturday against the Texas Rangers. He allowed three hits, one walk, and struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke mentioned that he was trying new grips on pitches earlier in the Spring. Looks like he's done fooling around and locking in for Opening Day. The elbow injections seem to be in the distant past. I still prefer him as a #2 but he's shown in the past that he can compete for a Cy Young and be a #1.

 

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Zack Greinke gives up a homerun

Mon, Mar 16th 11:43pm EDT
By Stan Son

Zack Greinke pitched three innings Monday against the Oakland Athletics. He only gave up one hit that was a homerun and one walk but his pitch count was high and he had multiple three ball counts. Greinke did strike out two.

Fantasy Impact: Greinke's elbow seems to be fine and he looks to be stretching out for the regular season. He's had elbow injections in the past but that is a sensitive area for a pitcher. I still maintain that he will be a great #2 but I'd be leery of him being my #1.

 

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Zack Greinke struggled in his Spring Training debut against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday. He gave up 2 hits, 2 BB, and 2 ER in 2 innings pitched. He did not record a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: This was Greinke's first live action after being given lubricating injections into his elbow a few weeks ago. We should never overreact to Spring Training stats but elbow issues always need to be taken seriously. I would not feel comfortable with Greinke as my #1 pitcher. As a #2 would be fine but I doubt he falls that much.

 

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Zack Greinke says elbow feels fine

Fri, Mar 6th 7:23pm EST
By Stan Son

Zack Greinke threw about 30 total pitches at near-maximum effort over two innings to minor league hitters on Friday. At the conclusion of the session, Greinke said "he has not had any problems with his arm since receiving treatment." (Source: Mark Saxon of ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: After the freakout two weeks ago over the lubricating injection into Greinke's right elbow, all seems good now. Greinke is ranked around the #12 starting pitcher. When healthy, Greinke is a good bet for a sub-3 ERA, 200 IP, and 200 K. Anything concerning the elbow is scary though. As your #1? Too rich. Worth the risk as your #2 but he probably won't be there.