...please stand up, please stand up.
Is this guy for real? ZG has consistently pitched very well since he arrived in Dodgerland. By some more traditional measures he may even be as good as he was in that one magical season that won him a Cy Young in KC.
When we signed Greinke, however, I was quite skeptical that he could live up to his hype and, as good as he was last year, my skepticism has followed into this season. IMO, Greinke has always been far closer to a notch above Billingsley than he is a notch below Kershaw: a great number two starter, but not the elite ace everyone seemed to be expecting.
Largely, my concerns have centered around the fact that he's never come close to duplicating his Cy Young season. Additionally, his K rates had declined each year over the last 3 seasons in conjunction with a once dominant slider that had declined in both movement and usage.
Even this year, with an ERA of 2.04, nearly 12 strikeouts per nine, and a strikeout to walk ratio of 7.67/1 I still see room for improvement. My primary question at this point - While ZG has been dominant on the hill, is he actually staying on the hill long enough? In the absence of our ace, ZG should be eating innings and helping to preserve our bullpen, yet he's averaging less than 6 innings per start which is pretty close to league average. Being so dominant this year, shouldn't we be squeezing at least a couple more outs per game out of him?
It may seem that I'm nitpicking, but do you expect to see this ZG for the remainder of 2014? Would you be happier with slightly less flashy stats and more innings per start?