Greinke took a no-decision Friday when he worked six scoreless innings in an extra-innings loss to Oakland. He allowed five hits and one walk while striking out five.
Greinke was cruising when he was removed after 84 pitches. Endurance was an issue earlier in the season for Greinke, but he had thrown 83 pitches in his previous start and held the A's in check Friday. It was a curious decision by manager Dusty Baker, who had rejiggered his starting rotation to have Greinke start Friday's series opener against Oakland, a series the manager described as meaningful. Greinke's next start comes Tuesday at home against San Francisco.
Greinke is scheduled to make his next start Friday against the Athletics, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Greinke was originally scheduled to pitch Thursday's series finale against the Diamondbacks, but he'll get an extra day of rest while Brandon Bielak takes the mound. The veteran right-hander has allowed five runs through nine innings (two starts) this season.
Greinke allowed two runs on three hits and didn't issue a walk over 5.2 innings during Saturday's extra-inning loss to the Angels. He struck out four and didn't factor in the decision.
The veteran right-hander didn't allow a baserunner through five innings, but the Angels strung together three singles and a sacrifice fly during the sixth inning to tally a pair of runs. Greinke struggled in his season debut and lasted only 3.1 innings, but he appeared noticeably sharper during his second outing. Monday's scheduled off day allows the Astros to keep him on a five-day schedule to potentially pitch Thursday at Arizona.
Greinke allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two over 3.1 innings in Sunday's loss to the Mariners. He didn't factor into the decision.
Although Greinke struggled in his first start of 2020, he picked up a no-decision in Sunday's high-scoring contest. The 36-year-old will be leaned on as one of the most proven arms in the rotation in the coming weeks with Justin Verlander (forearm) set to miss time. Greinke posted a 2.93 ERA and 0.98 ERA over 208.2 innings in 33 starts with the Diamondbacks and Astros last season. He'll attempt to turn things around on the road Saturday against the Angels.
Greinke threw 80 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Getting to 80 pitches in his final tuneup outing suggests that Greinke should be able to come close to 100 pitches in his first outing of the regular season. While he's seemingly the Astros' second-best starter, he lines up to start the third game of the year Sunday against the Mariners, with Lance McCullers, who made his final preseason appearance Monday, in line to start Saturday.
Greinke threw 54 pitches before tiring in the fourth inning during Thursday's intrasquad game, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
It should be alarming that pitchers across the league are up to 70, 80, 90 pitches, but Greinke is stuck in the 50s. He'll have one more camp tuneup to build up his pitch count before the regular season, but the right-hander could be one of those pitchers not yet ready to get deep into a game. He admitted following the outing that he was not in midseason form. "Today, I really got tired in the last inning," Greinke said. "So next time we'll try for 75 [pitches] or so, but it's possible it will only be 60. Possible it will be 80. I don't know. I'm hoping for more than 50." This is why teams will carry up to 15 or 16 pitchers for the first two weeks of the season. Although Greinke's expected to serve as the Astros' No. 2 starter, the date of his first start has yet to be determined.
Greinke threw one inning of live batting practice Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Catcher Martin Maldonado said Greinke was sharp and described his velocity as "in-season" during the pitcher's first session of summer camp. He's thrown fewer innings than most other starters at this stage of camp, so it's fair to wonder if Greinke will be ready to handle anything close to a full workload in time for the regular season.
Greinke vowed to Astros pitching coach Brent Strom that he'll be ready for the season after two weeks of training, Chandler Rome of The Houston Chronicle reports.
Rome's article brings up a good point -- not all pitchers will be on the same schedule. Greinke has previously been noteworthy for being self-analytical and well-prepared, so while it might be easy to dismiss as a little too self-confident, perhaps in his case it's not bravado.
Greinke allowed one run on four hits while striking out two over four innings in Monday's spring game against the Tigers.
Greinke hasn't hit a road bump yet in his ramp-up to the regular season. Monday's earned run was the first he's allowed in three spring starts. The right-hander has allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out seven without a walk in nine spring innings.
Greinke hit 91 mph on the radar gun during Wednesday's spring game against the Marlins, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. He allowed two hits and struck out two over three shutout innings.
Greinke's fastball is up a few ticks from where it normally is this time of year. He chalked up the improved velocity to an offseason program in which he threw more and worked out less, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Greinke threw 38 pitches (27 strikes) and threw more in the bullpen following the game. He's allowed one unearned run through five spring innings.
Greinke allowed one unearned run on one hit while striking out three over two innings in Friday's spring game against the Marlins.
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.
Greinke is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut Friday versus the Marlins, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Greinke didn't report to camp until last weekend, but the veteran right-hander kept his arm conditioned on his own and won't find himself too far behind the Astros' other starters as he gets added to the pitching schedule. The 36-year-old is notorious for pitching at lower-than-normal velocity in the spring, but Greinke's sterling track record provides little reason to doubt him finding a way to be effective once the season gets underway. After coming over in a midseason trade with the Diamondbacks last July, Greinke went 8-1 with a 3.02 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 52:9 K:BB across 62.2 innings in his first 10 starts in Houston.
Greinke reported to spring training Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Greinke reported late to camp as expected, but he is reportedly healthy and worked out Saturday. The right-hander could require some time to work with the team before being ready to compete in spring games, but it's unlikely that the veteran would face limitations going forward.
Greinke is healthy but won't report to camp until Feb. 22, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Greinke's new manager Dusty Baker's reason for the late report date was simply, "Because he's Zack Greinke." The rest of the Astros' pitching staff has been in camp for a few days, but the veteran knows what it takes for him to get ready at this point in his career. There's no indication that his availability or Opening Day is at all at risk.
Greinke will start Game 3 of the World Series in Washington on Friday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Greinke has been the Astros' third starter all postseason and will remain in that role for the World Series. He'd be lined up to start Game 7 on regular rest should the series go that long.
Greinke gave up one run on three hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 4.1 innings in Thursday's 8-3 win over the Yankees in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Greinke appeared to be on the ropes during a three-walk first inning, but Brett Gardner's bases-loaded walk with one out was the only run the Yankees could muster off him. Greinke followed with a strikeout of Gary Sanchez to end the inning and was able to put up zeroes for the next three innings. He left the game leading 3-1 with one out in the fifth after a DJ LeMahieu single and an Aaron Judge walk. Greinke has fanned 16 in 14 postseason innings in 2019 but has allowed 20 baserunners and five home runs.
Greinke will start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Thursday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
A rainout pushed the game from Wednesday to Thursday, meaning the Astros won't have to use anyone other than their top three starters. Greinke has an 11:1 K:BB in 9.2 innings this postseason but has also allowed nine runs, including five homers.
Greinke will start Game 1 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Saturday, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports.
The Astros could use Justin Verlander on short rest, but that didn't work out too well in the ALDS. Greinke is a more-than-capable alternative, though he didn't look good in his ALDS start against the Rays, allowing six runs in 3.2 innings in Game 3.
Greinke will start the third game of the ALDS on Monday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Greinke's 2.93 ERA and 0.98 WHIP wouldn't make him a third starter on many teams. For the Astros, however, he'll follow Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.
Greinke (18-5) gave up two hits and one walk while striking out nine through 8.1 scoreless innings to record the win over the Mariners on Wednesday.
Greinke took a no-hit bid into the ninth inning before allowing two singles to end his electric performance. Greinke was dominant in all areas, registering 20 swinging strikes without allowing a three-ball count until the fifth inning. Greinke finishes the regular season with a 2.93 ERA and 187 strikeouts in 208.2 innings.
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