Greinke (6-3) pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in Saturday's 6-1 loss in Milwaukee. Greinke entered the game on a hot streak, winning four in a row and five of his last six starts, but ran into a buzz saw in Milwaukee. With his counterpart Chase Anderson taking a no-hitter into the eighth, Greinke had no margin for error. He matched zeroes with Anderson through the first three innings, but allowed a bases-loaded double to Jett Bandy in the fourth and a pair of tack-on runs in the sixth before being removed. Despite the loss, Greinke remains a premiere pitching option, and he has a favorable matchup in his next start when he faces the Marlins in Miami.
Greinke (6-2) came within an out of a complete game Monday, picking up the win after allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out a season-high 12 White Sox. Manager Torey Lovullo was showered with boos from the home crowd as he walked to the mound with Greinke just one out away from his first nine-inning complete game since June 7 of last season. The Diamondbacks were leading 5-1 at the time, and Lovullo's pitcher was sitting at 104 pitches. Regardless, owners can't complain with how the 13-year veteran has performed this year. Through 10 starts, Greinke is on pace for one of the best seasons of his career. He leads the NL in innings pitched (67) and strikeouts (78), while owning the league's second-best marks for wins and WHIP (0.97). A Saturday date with Milwaukee is on tap for his next start.
Greinke improved to 5-2 on the season after giving up four runs on five hits and two walks over 6.2 innings in Tuesday's 5-4 victory over the Mets. He struck out eight batters during the outing. Greinke saw his streak of five consecutive quality starts come to an end after serving up a two-run homer to Rene Rivera in the seventh inning to cut the Diamondbacks' lead to one run, but the bullpen shut down the Mets the rest of the way to help the right-hander secure another victory. Though he's served up nine homers in as many starts this season, Greinke has been able to avoid significant damage to his ERA thanks to an impeccable 66:11 K:BB, which represents the best ratio of his career. He'll benefit from another favorable matchup in his next turn Monday against the White Sox.
Greinke (4-2) gave up one run on one hit and one walk over eight innings in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Pirates and struck out 11 batters. After a forgettable first season in the desert, Greinke has returned to ace-like form in 2017, and saved his most masterful performance for Thursday. He faced the minimum number of batters and carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning before the Pirates' Gregory Polanco hit a leadoff homer to spoil the effort. Still, thanks to a wicked slider and an excellent job painting the strike zone, Greinke was able to record 24 outs on an efficient 107 pitches before closer Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth inning to give the 33-year-old his fourth win of the campaign. With a 2.79 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 58:9 K:BB through 51.2 innings this season, Greinke has looked like one of the early frontrunners for the NL Cy Young award.
Greinke improved to 3-2 in Friday's 6-3 victory over the Rockies, covering seven innings and surrendering two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out seven. Greinke rewarded fantasy owners who decided to keep him active for the Coors Field appearance with a fourth consecutive quality start, during which he's compiled an impressive 3.03 ERA and 43:6 K:BB ratio over 38.2 innings. The velocity decline that Greinke experienced in spring training has carried over to the regular season, but the right-hander's offerings haven't suffered one bit, as his career-best 13.1 percent swinging-strike rate attests.
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