Elbow and anxiety issues aside, this is the ultimate new opportunity for Zack Greinke to make a case that he still has what it takes to be the premier ace of the LA Dodgers pitching staff. The right-hander went 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA last season, performing as well with the Los Angeles Angels during the playoff chase as he did with Milwaukee during the first half of 2012 before getting traded. Greinke went 5-0 with a 2.04 ERA in his final eight starts.
Manager Don Mattingly's lineup has totaled seven runs, going 2 for 27 with runners in scoring position and hitting .176 overall. Sluggers Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez are 1 for 19. Kemp is 0-for-10 on the season and has gone a career-long six games without a generating a base hit. The offense should get a much needed boost this evening facing Jonathan Sanchez. coming off the worst of his seven big-league seasons. The left-hander went 1-9 with an 8.07 ERA in 15 starts for Kansas City and Colorado.
Kemp is 0-for-10 on the season and has gone a career-long six games without a generating a base hit. The opposite can be said of left fielder Carl Crawford, who is 5-for-9 in his first three games with a walk and two runs scored. Look for Chavez Revine to be rocking this evening as the Dodgers should punish the punchless Pirates. GL