Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Stand Up In Your Chairs!
I finally got to watch Zack Greinke pitch last night. All I have to say is, his pitching is incindiary. Incendiary. When this man has all of his pitches working, he is simply unstoppable. A 96mph fastball, a 74mph curveball, an exploding slider and a power changeup that hits 90mph make for a devastating repertoire that leads hitters to look completely foolish in the batter's box. Despite the fact that he is playing for the Royals, this man deserves to win the Cy Young Award this year.
With over 220 strikeouts and a 2.08 ERA, Zack Greinke is the perfect combination of power and command. It is a shame that he plays with the Royals, because with a good team he would have way more than 15 wins. In fact, in five of his starts the Royals lost despite Greinke giving up 1 or fewer runs. I have always found this very interesting. With their ace pitching, teams seem to either get on a roll (e.g. Cliff Lee last year, Steve Carlton in '72) or go into a complete shell (e.g. Greinke, Johan Santana) Even with the shortage of run support though, Greinke has still managed to account for about 25% of the Royals win total.
Any other A.L. pitcher does not stack up to Greinke in Cy Young credentials in '09. Justin Verlander has a run higher ERA and only a few more K's. King Felix has a higher ERA and fewer K's. C.C. Sabathia has more wins (with much more run support) but less strikeouts and more than a run higher ERA. Following in the great tradition of Royal pitchers like David Cone and Brett Saberhagen, Zack Greinke deserves to be the AL Cy Young winner this year and is a great building block for the team in years to come. Don't ever go to Kansas City though. Complete dump.