Zack Greinke Houston Astros

Age: 37 (October 21, 1983) | 6' 2" | 200lbs. | Throws: Right P-33 PH-1
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
ARI NL 2017 17 7 0 0 32 32 202.0 172 25 45 215 3.21 1.07 1.15 2.0 9.6 .293 47/18/35 31 29
ARI NL 2018 15 11 0 0 33 33 207.1 181 28 43 199 3.21 1.08 1.18 1.9 8.6 .284 45/23/32 25 24
HOU AL 2019 8 1 0 0 10 10 62.2 58 6 9 52 3.02 1.07 1.14 1.3 7.5 .294 52/19/29 14 11
ARI NL 2019 10 4 0 0 23 23 146.0 117 15 21 135 2.90 0.95 1.03 1.3 8.3 .269 42/23/35 26 23
HOU AL 2020 3 3 0 0 12 12 67.0 67 6 9 67 4.03 1.13 1.20 1.2 9.0 .333 41/25/34 14 17
HOU AL 2021 11 6 0 0 29 29 168.1 162 29 36 117 4.12 1.18 1.33 1.9 6.3 .271 44/24/32 16 15
Career 18yrs 219 132 1 0 529 488 3104.2 2890 327 712 2806 3.41 1.16 1.20 2.1 8.1 .301 n/a
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A marvelous low-K, low-velocity pitchers' duel between Greinke and Ryu through four innings, after which the 'Stros started to pound Ryu's offspeed stuff and the Blue Jays never did figure it out. Zach tossed a complete game on a mere 102 pitches, 75 for strikes. First-pitch strikes to 29 of 32 batters. His four-seamer rarely reaching 90. Maybe because he's still not smiling, he didn't get his picture among Today's Top Performers (Blake Snell's page).

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 5

In the 8th inning his four-seam fastball was still reaching 88.

Smile, Zack.


Kris BryantYadier MolinaWillson ContrerasZack GreinkeYu Darvish

Yesterday's Top Performers

Pitchers:

Zack Greinke* (HOU): 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 80 GmSc

Yu Darvish* (SDP): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 9 K, 78 GmSc

Clayton Kershaw (LAD): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 74 GmSc

Jacob deGrom (NYM): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 14 K, 73 GmSc

Cole Irvin (OAK): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 70 GmSc

View All of Yesterday's Pitchers at Baseball-Reference.com

* - pictured above

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 18

I peaked in high 60s when I played in high school, but consistently threw mid 60s. I was an outfielder, not a pitcher, but I did throw batting practice before games we knew we are going to face a lefty. I stood in front of the mound to simulate throwing 80. I think the last time I was at Camden Yards I clocked in at 57, so I haven't lost too much off my peak.  I only faced two pitchers who touched 90. One went on to Virginia Tech, the other blew out his shoulder before college.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Apr 14

My fastball was so slow....it stopped at railroad crossings. 

van wilhoite LVW
Apr 14

Coincidentally, I believe 51 mph is the fastest pitch I ever threw in a competitive game, or in one of those "guess your speed" carnival  boothes.  All hail Greinke, the reigning king of the Eephus pitch!

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Apr 14

After allowing a homer to Franmil Reyes, in Reyes' next at bat Greinke threw him a 51 mph strike, the slowest since speed records started being kept in 2008. Reyes watched it slowly make its way across the plate.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Apr 13

Zack Greinke (P) HOU - Apr. 12

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=770426

Greinke (1-1) allowed six runs on 10 hits -- including three home runs -- over 4.2 innings in a loss to the Tigers on Monday. He struck out two and walked three batters.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Greinke was not happy with his slider and even suggested to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he could table the pitch. "I don't ever want to throw it again after today," Greinke said. "It was bad." Opponents have hit close to .300 against his slider the past two years, so he may be on to something.

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 13

In response to question Alex asks under Brogdon ... Zack is the only Opening Day SP WP ... none in the NL ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Apr 2
Percentiles: FBv 5 FBs 59 CBs 38 Barrel 34 EV 77 xSLG 41 xERA 66
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 15

I clicked on the Baseball-Reference link in the Brady Singer thread to the complete list of "highest strikes looking percentage" and the first thing that comes up is a list of Team Pitching Pitches. I sorted that list by highest strikes looking and who should appear at the top but the Houston Astros?

Clearly, opposing batters are unsure of themselves when they face the 'Stros.

And when they face the Nationals (who rank at the bottom) they go up thinking they better swing at the first strike they see, because it's going to be a fastball.

To be honest, I don't know what this stat tells us. But there is a fairly big difference top to bottom.

Astros: 30.1%

Nationals: 23.7% 

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 22