Greinke
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
W-L
12-8
ERA
3.06
WHIP
1.049
K
165
SV
0
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
It certainly appears 2016 was an outlier as even with that tumultuous campaign, Greinke's 2.93 ERA over the past three seasons is fourth best among starters with at least 500 innings pitched. The primary reason for Greinke's bounce-back season was a sharp increase in strike... read more
It certainly appears 2016 was an outlier as even with that tumultuous campaign, Greinke's 2.93 ERA over the past three seasons is fourth best among starters with at least 500 innings pitched. The primary reason for Greinke's bounce-back season was a sharp increase in strikeout rate (9.6 K/9), supported by a career-best swinging strike rate (12.4 percent). Greinke's velocity dropped a tick while his overall pitch mix was fundamentally the same. He threw fewer first-pitch strikes, also throwing fewer overall strikes. Perhaps it was sequencing or just confidence after spending a year in the desert, but Greinke's change and slider were much better pitches his second season with the Diamondbacks. He's still a fantasy ace, but at 34, with a lot of mileage on his arm, it's best to expect a give-back in terms of strikeouts. Though, with the humidor installed at Chase Field, any ERA correction from fewer whiffs should be mitigated with a subsequent drop in homers.
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 6'2"    WT: 200 lbs.    DOB: 10/21/1983    College: None    Drafted: 1st Rd in 2002Show Contract
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Zack Greinke Contract Info:
Agreed to a six-year contract with the Diamondbacks in December of 2015.
Allows three runs in no-decision
PArizona Diamondbacks
August 19, 2018
Greinke threw six innings Sunday, yielding three runs on a walk and five hits in the 4-3 win over the Padres. He allowed a homer and struck out seven in the no-decision.
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2018 Stat Review for Zack Greinke
5.16 K/BB
ELITE
9.17 K/9
GREAT
1.78 BB/9
ELITE
89.6 MPH Fastball
POOR
1.3 HR/9
WEAK
1.47 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
3.06 ERA
GREAT
1.05 WHIP
ELITE
3.68 FIP
GOOD
0.283 BABIP
BELOW AVERAGE
78.2 % Strand Rate
HIGH
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  1. Zack Greinke 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Zack Greinke 2017 Preseason Outlook
    In the first year of a six-year, $206.5 million deal with Arizona, Greinke failed to meet understandably lofty expectations. Expecting a repeat of 2015 (1.66 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 19 wins, 200 strikeouts) was unrealistic, but Greinke's 4.37 ERA was his worst since his 2005 rookie season, and his 1.27 WHIP was his worst since 2008. Injuries to his oblique and shoulder played a role, as Greinke only made 26 starts and tossed just 158.2 innings, his lowest total since 2007. The move from Dodger Stadium to the more hitter-friendly Chase Field likely had an impact, as did swapping a top-third defense for a bottom-third defense. We might not see the pitcher who dazzled in three seasons with the Dodgers, but the Diamondbacks and his fantasy owners should expect more from Greinke in 2017. Given his track record, a rebound seems likely, and he could come at a slight discount given his subpar 2016. He's still a very valuable fantasy asset.
  3. Zack Greinke 2016 Preseason Outlook
    Greinke had a season for the ages in 2015, posting the lowest ERA (1.66) of any starting pitcher since Greg Maddux's 1.63 in 1995. The rest of the numbers were pretty good as well, including a 19-3 record, a league-leading 0.84 WHIP, 30 quality starts and for the fourth time in five years, 200-plus strikeouts. Greinke experienced some elbow soreness in March, but a lubricating injection again did wonders and the elbow was never again an issue. He started throwing a few more changeups last year, and that seemed to help quite a bit against left-handers, who hit just .194 against him after 2014's .246 batting average against. Greinke opted out of his deal with the Dodgers and cashed in with a six-year, $206 million deal with Arizona, making him the highest paid player in MLB history in terms of AAV. The change in parks could hurt him some, but Greinke remains a fantasy ace heading into 2016.
  4. Zack Greinke 2015 Preseason Outlook
    Greinke has evolved into one of baseball’s best pitchers and oddly, he doesn’t really get much attention for it. Part of that is the presence of Clayton Kershaw, but Greinke seems to have been lost in the shuffle a bit with the emergence of so many incredible arms. Unfortunately, this doesn’t usually pay any fantasy dividends, because while he doesn’t get as much as ink as his rotation mate or a lot of the other stud arms in the National League, that doesn’t usually drop his price at the draft table. It is almost as if he has just become boringly awesome, kinda like Mike Mussina. You were never overwhelmingly excited to roster Mussina, but he carried a rightfully high draft price each year and consistently delivered on that investment. On the field, Greinke took his strikeout rate back up (25.2%) after a dip in 2013, while also dropping a career-best walk rate (5.2%) on the league. Expect another big season from the Dodgers’ second ace and don’t be afraid to pay market value for his services.
  5. Zack Greinke 2014 Preseason Outlook
    Only the incident with Carlos Quentin prevented Greinke from a top-five Cy Young finish, as the Dodgers' No. 2 starter finished 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA in 28 starts. Pitching for his fourth team in four years in the first year of a lucrative six-year deal, Greinke was all that was advertised and more, solidifying the top of the Dodgers' rotation and giving the team arguably the top 1-2 punch in baseball. Greinke has never had a serious arm injury, and assuming there are no more odd injuries in his near future, he should be a top-10 or top-15 starting pitcher in 2014.
  6. Zack Greinke 2013 Preseason Outlook
    Greinke had yet another impressive season in 2012, splitting the year between Milwaukee and Anaheim and finishing with a 15-5 record, 3.48 ERA, and 200:54 K:BB. As good as his numbers have been the past few years, they would probably be much better if he had more consistent defenses behind him. The Dodgers gave him a six-year, $147 million deal to work as their No. 2 starter in December, while the move back to the National League should give him an opportunity to push his strikeout rate back into the batter-per-inning range after that mark dipped to 7.9 K/9 following his trade to Anaheim last season. The Dodgers' improved lineup should provide steady run support, putting Greinke in position to rack up plenty of wins for his new club in 2013.
  7. Zack Greinke 2012 Preseason Outlook
    Greinke's strikeouts and walks indicate that he pitched better than his ERA shows for 2011. He finished with an ERA of 3.83, but had a career high 10.54 K/9IP while walking just 2.36 BB/9. The long ball was a bit of a problem for him and he also ran into some bad luck. Greinke is still one of the better pitchers in the National League, so don't be fooled by his ERA and look for better numbers during his second season with the Brewers.
  8. Zack Greinke 2011 Preseason Outlook
    The 2009 Cy Young Award winner came back to earth in 2010, but it was hardly a crash. His strikeout rate dipped to his 2006 level, and his HR/FB rate spiked after he posted a career-low in 2009. Greinke might not match his 2009 brilliance again, but his stuff is better than last year's 4.17 ERA, and his xFIP of 3.76 wasn't much higher than his 2009 mark. Now with the Brewers, Greinke will get a chance to pitch for a team ready to contend and in a market that shouldn't overwhelm a player that has dealt with a social anxiety disorder in the past.
  9. Zack Greinke 2010 Preseason Outlook
    Greinke topped off a tremendous season by being named the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner. The face of the Royals' franchise, Greinke dominated the opposition en route to a 16-8 record with a 2.16 ERA and 242 strikeouts in 229.1 innings. He's a complete pitcher, being able to throw any pitch in any count, and his arsenal features a mid-90s fastball and a devastating slider. Despite being a power pitcher, Greinke has supreme control (4.75 K/BB). Expectations will be at an all-time high in 2010 for the 26-year-old, but Greinke is the clear-cut ace of the Royals' staff and someone management is looking to build around in the years to come.
  10. Zack Greinke 2009 Preseason Outlook
    In a word, finally. Greinke finally reached 200 innings in a season and he finally showed signs of being the ace we thought he would be. He tied for fifth in the AL in strikeouts in 2008 and his 3.47 ERA ranked 10th. The mental problems that hounded him early in his career should no longer be an issue. Note that his BABIP was .318 (right above his career average, and a little worse than the norm), but he frequently stranded the runners that got on, causing us not to worry about a possible regression. He should be KC’s No. 1 or 2 starter entering 2009, and will likely improve as he nears his prime.
  11. Zack Greinke 2008 Preseason Outlook
    Greinke exercised his 2006 demons in 2007 and showed his capability as both a starter and a reliever. After some early-season struggles in the rotation, he was moved to the bullpen where he posted a 55:15 K:BB ratio in 53.1 innings. He dominated in seven late-season starts, posting a 1.85 ERA and turning in a 10-strikeout performance against the White Sox. He's got four pitches he can spot for strikes, and he enters the 2008 season as the team's No. 3 starter.
  12. Zack Greinke 2007 Preseason Outlook
    The 2006 season was a lost one for Greinke, who began the year on the disabled list for "personal issues" and then remained in Double-A until September. The personal issues were described as anxiety around groups and an unnatural drive for baseball. The Royals allowed the young phenom to fight his demons and didn't pressure him to return. That pressure will increase in 2007, with the Royals hoping some tough love will put him back on track to become the ace of the staff. It may be important to note that Greinke was good but not dominant in Wichita after returning.
  13. Zack Greinke 2006 Preseason Outlook
    The free-spirited Greinke downplayed a poor spring, saying he couldn't get excited about games that don't matter. Maybe that's why his 2005 season was so poor, because very few of the Royals' games mattered. Even so, it was the worst season of his life, finishing 5-17 and avoiding a 20-loss season only through the Royals' effective rotation management and a couple strong late starts. His carefree nature and obvious talent will help him bounce back from this debacle possibly as quickly as this season.
  14. Zack Greinke 2005 Preseason Outlook
    A deceptive thrower with enough pitches, speeds and locations to frustrate most batters. The key for Greinke and the Royals will be to keep the youngster – not 22 until after the 2005 season – healthy and confident as the expected bumps in the road come along. Many point to his maturity as a strength, but outings like the four home runs he allowed to Baltimore in late July and to Seattle in August would get to anyone. He claims to have an upper-90s fastball but doesn’t let it go because control is an issue. Should he add that to his arsenal, he might just become the next Greg Maddux.
  15. Zack Greinke 2004 Preseason Outlook
    Greinke dominated high Single-A and pitched well in Double-A. He will be given his first chance at a major-league job this spring but is probably destined for another season in the minors. His control and power pitching could make him a special player. The Royals know this and are being very careful with him.
  16. Zack Greinke 2003 Preseason Outlook
    Greinke was chosen by the Royals in the 2002 draft as a pitcher but could have easily been chosen as a third basemen. He hit in excess of .400 every year in high school, but his strong arm is what caused Kansas City to make him their first round pick. Possessing four pitches, he’s yet to develop one that stands out but he’s only 19. He works his fastball in the low 90’s, but scouts believe developing arm strength may result in an increase in velocity, which would catapult his prospects. Other than athleticism, the Royals feel he is exceptionally polished for a player one year out of high school because of high intellect, and a strong work ethic. He’ll begin 2003 at High Class-A, a steep level for a player with less than one-year professional experience. He should advance quickly through the system, particularily if he can find a little more velocity on the fastball, and show the maturity to use his other pitches in crucial situations.
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Allows three runs in no-decision
PArizona Diamondbacks
August 19, 2018
Greinke threw six innings Sunday, yielding three runs on a walk and five hits in the 4-3 win over the Padres. He allowed a homer and struck out seven in the no-decision.
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Allows four runs in loss to Rangers
PArizona Diamondbacks
August 14, 2018
Greinke (12-8) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks across 6.1 innings Monday while taking the loss against the Rangers. He struck out six.
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Tough-luck loss in quality start
PArizona Diamondbacks
August 8, 2018
Greinke (12-7) was saddled with the loss Tuesday, allowing one run on three hits and four walks while striking out four over seven innings against the Phillies.
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Six strong innings
PArizona Diamondbacks
August 2, 2018
Greinke (12-6) allowed two earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out five across six innings but took the loss Thursday against the Giants.
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Stays hot in win
PArizona Diamondbacks
July 28, 2018
Greinke (12-5) cruised to the win against the Padres on Friday, giving up just one earned run on six hits over seven innings and striking out six without walking a batter in Arizona's 6-2 victory.
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