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

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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:


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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.

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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.


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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.


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Michael Cerami

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