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 1 0 0 0 2 2 13.0 8 1 1 8 1.38 0.69 0.77 0.7 5.5 .196 36/17/47 4 3
Career 18yrs 209 126 1 0 502 461 2949.1 2736 299 677 2697 3.36 1.16 1.19 2.1 8.2 .302 n/a
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The BasebllHQ Friday newsletter is back. Greinke was the featured player yesterday.

After a three-yea scan of advanced metrics...

there's still a lot to like here:

  • Greinke pitched very well in 2019, but also got some help from a slightly low hit rate and slightly high strand rate, as his xERA suggests his ERA should've been nearly a run higher.
  • But he also had the lowest walk rate and highest command rate of his entire career in 2019. He has always been stingy with walks—his career rate is 2.1, and he's never had a rate higher than 2.7 in any season—and while his Ball% didn't change in 2019 and remained just a little better than league average, his first-pitch strike rate was elite (67%), and he's been doing this long enough to establish confidence in his ability to keep it up.
  • There's a bit more cause for concern in regard to his strikeout rate and SwK, both of which have been trending downward the last couple seasons. He's been losing effectiveness on his slider, which has fallen from a career-best 25.3% SwK in 2017 to a career-worst 13.7% SwK in 2019, and his usage of the pitch has also dropped from 22.0% in 2017 to 15.5% in 2019. Strikeouts have never been a big part of his game—for most of his career, he's been around league average—but as his gradually creeping xERA shows, each decline in Dom creates a little more ERA risk, especially if his walk rate regresses slightly in 2020.
Alex Patton Alex
Jun 27 '20

Stathead Spotlight: Pitchers Who Rake

Pitchers since 2000 with multiple home runs in a game

PlayerDateTmHR
Zack Greinke2019‑04‑02ARI2
Madison Bumgarner2017‑04‑02SFG2
Noah Syndergaard2016‑05‑11NYM2
Micah Owings2007‑08‑18ARI2
Dontrelle Willis2006‑09‑20FLA2
Randy Wolf2004‑08‑11PHI2
Robert Person2002‑06‑02PHI2
Mike Hampton2001‑06‑05COL2
Darren Dreifort2000‑08‑08LAD2

See the full list at Stathead.com's Batting Game Finder

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 5 '20

From the Guide --

DAVITT PICK: Maybe there is such a thing as guile.

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 9 '20

Zack Greinke (P) HOU - Feb. 29

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=738302

Greinke allowed one unearned run on one hit while striking out three over two innings in Friday's spring game against the Marlins.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Greinke, who showed up to training camp just six days ago, made his spring debut and appeared to be right one schedule. He told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he was focused on location more than anything during his 28-pitch outing (22 strikes). This is Greinke's first spring camp with the Astros and first in Florida. 

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 1 '20
Fangraphs 2018: WAR 3.5 FIP 3.71 SIERA 3.60 FB 49% FBv 89.6 HR/FB 15% Hard 41% LOB 80%
Fangraphs 2019: WAR 5.4 FIP 3.22 SIERA 3.96 FB 47% FBv 90.0 HR/FB 11% Hard 36% LOB 76%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '19