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Zack Greinke Threw a 65 MPH Eephus for His 12th Strikeout Against the White Sox Last Night


After signing a massive 6-year/$206 million deal with the Diamondbacks before last season, Zack Greinke had a utterly disappointing year in Arizona. This season, however, things are much better. In fact, after 10 starts, Greinke appears to be back to his usual, dominant self:


2016 Stats (158.2 IP): 4.37 ERA, 4.12 FIP, 3.98 xFIP (2.2 fWAR)
2017 Stats (67.0 IP): 2.82 ERA, 3.18 FIP, 2.87 xFIP (1.7 fWAR)

And his latest start – last night against the Chicago White Sox – was arguably his best of the season. In it, he lasted 8.2 innings, allowed just one earned run, walked one batter, and struck out a season-high 12 White Sox for a game score of 85.

Check out the highlights here:

Crazy impressive stuff altogether, yes, but it was the last strikeout of the night (#12) that had me in stitches.

After sitting in the low 90s with his fastball all night, Greinke dropped this 65 MPH curve – effectively an eephus pitch – on Yolmer Sanchez making him look pretty hilariously foolish in the process.


You can almost hear Sanchez say, “Oh brother.”

Anyway, I really hope Greinke continues pitching like he has, because when he’s on (and, oh baby, he’s on), he’s as good as anyone in baseball.


Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami writes about MLB at Baseball Is Fun. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami.