Zack Greinke says his spring trainings usually consist of one really bad start sandwiched around a handful of positive starts, with one outing in which everything comes together. Greinke is still waiting for that one really good one, but he’s encouraged by the fact that, in his eyes, he’s yet to have a bad one.
Greinke took another step in the right direction on Saturday afternoon against the Netherlands’ team for the World Baseball Classic, giving up just one run on six hits across five innings.
“I guess that’s a good thing, where it’s all slowly getting better each time, more so than how it usually is, I guess,” he said. “It would be nice to have a big jump to where it was a lot better, but each start has been a lot better so far.”
Just as encouragingly, Greinke’s velocity, which was down a few miles per hour early in camp, held a little more firmly throughout the game. According to Statcast data, Greinke topped at 91.9 mph, nearly 2 1/2 mph harder than his high 10 days ago. And his average fastball velocity of 90.6 was a couple of ticks above what he’s averaged in his past two starts.
Though Greinke posted solid results against a lineup that included several established major leaguers, including Xander Bogaerts, Didi Gregorius, Jonathan Schoop and Andrelton Simmons, he said there was no additional excitement facing that kind of team. The opposite, in fact.
“Less, if anything – less excitement,” he said. “I’d rather face a real lineup that you have to face in the regular season.”
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