Veteran starting pitcher Zack Greinke is two starts in his 2022 season.
The 38-year-old is spending the year with the Kansas City Royals, a team he has a lot of history with.
Of course, Greinke played seven seasons in MLB with the Royals from 2004 to 2010 before spending the next decade or so with several different clubs in the league.
The six-time All-Star is now back where his career began, and he’s looking to add to his decorated resume.
I love seeing Zack Greinke back in the Royals. Feel good.
— Daniel (@Teal_Lantern) April 15, 2022
Greinke’s 2022 season is off to a good start and the Royals must be happy with the results they got from him.
Let’s assess how things have gone for him so far.
Ranking Greinke’s first start to the season
Greinke’s first start of the year came in Kansas City’s season opener.
He was assigned to face the Cleveland Guardians, and he was effective.
Greinke threw 5.2 one-run innings, scattering five hits and walking one.
He wasn’t exactly dominant, as he only hit one batter along the way, but he certainly got the job done.
Greinke made no decision in the match, which the Royals ended up winning.
After the game, he shared his thoughts.
“I was pretty solid, but I wasn’t very lively,” he said. mentioned. “Time was a waste. Both teams had to deal with it. I thought we played a good game defensively and shot pretty well.
Cleveland’s offense has been very streaky so far this season.
The Guardians have shown an ability to post twisted numbers at times, but Greinke apparently caught them at the right time.
We’ll give it a B+ for this outing.
Ranking Greinke’s second start to the season
Greinke’s second start came against the Detroit Tigers.
It wasn’t a flashy outing for him, as he was dealing with command issues and didn’t seem to have all of his slots working.
He didn’t strike out either.
However, he did a good job of grinding and ended up with a solid line.
In the end, his day looked like this: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K.
Unfortunately, the Royals had a quiet day at the plate and suffered a 4-2 loss.
After the match, Greinke spoke about his departure.
“It was a bit difficult,” he said. mentioned. “Curveball was good, and that was about it. I have to try to figure out some things between starts and be a bit more specific next time.
Time will tell if he bounces back with a sharper performance in his next start, which will likely come against the Minnesota Twins.
Royals launch plan for this week’s series against the Minnesota Twins:
Tuesday: Chris Archer vs. Carlos Hernandez
Wednesday: Chris Paddack vs. Daniel Lynch
Thursday: Joe Ryan vs. Zack Greinke
— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) April 17, 2022
As for his start against the Tigers, he will be given a B-.
Overall rating so far: B
All things considered, Greinke has been solid at the start of the 2022 campaign.
It’s too early in the season to pay much attention to player stats (especially rate stats), but for what it’s worth, the right-hander has an ERA of 2.45, 3.70 FIP and 1, 09 WHIP so far.
Of course, what really matters is what those numbers will look like in a few months.
As the sample size grows we will know more about what kind of season it is going to be for the old Cy Young winner.