Zach Greinke is hardly having the season that he or the Diamondbacks (who signed him to a six-year/$206.5 million deal this past offseason) envisioned.
Through 140.2 innings pitched, he’s acquired a 4.54 ERA (4.01 FIP) and been worth just 2.2 fWAR (a year removed from being worth 5.8). Although he’s run into a number of problems here in 2016, one of his biggest issues has been allowing far too many home runs. But perhaps with his first return to Dodger Stadium – where he had a 1.46 ERA in 2015 – he’ll solve that problem and be the pitcher he has been for most of his career.
Upon returning to Dodger Stadium for the first time since signing with the Diamondbacks in the winter, Greinke’s final line was as ugly as it gets: 4.2 IP, 9 hits, 8 earned runs, 5 HRs. Luckily, Greinke had his control yesterday (0 walks), because five homers rarely amounts to just eight earned runs.
Despite having about a month to go, Greinke has already allowed more home runs in a single season (21), than he has since 2008. And, if he keeps up this pace, he’ll even have a chance at surpassing his career high (26) set in his rookie season.
Here are Greinke’s top five least favorite moments from Labor Day 2016:
I guess sometimes baseball isn’t always fun for everyone.