All eyes will be on Arizona tomorrow as Zack Greinke makes his Diamondbacks spring training debut.
Greinke will take the mound tomorrow on the road against the A’s at 1 p.m MST. He signed a six-year, $206.5 million contract this offseason to take his talents to to Phoenix.
The newly-acquired Greinke will probably not pitch more than three innings, as is customary with most pitchers during their first spring starts. While this game may be insignificant, it will be Greinke’s first action since Daniel Murphy and the Mets ended his season and Dodgers career last October in Game 5 of the NLDS.
All things considered, this could be the most exciting spring training moment Diamondbacks fans have had in a long time. The team has not signed a free agent of Greinke’s stature since Randy Johnson, so seeing a big name jump right into a Diamondbacks jersey is not too common. It’s also a lot more exciting than watching Rubby De la Rosa get lit up by the Rockies.
If Greinke does not have a good game– or even a good spring– don’t get too worried. He went 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA in spring training with the Dodgers last season, before a 19-3 1.66 ERA regular season. Once again, proof that spring training stats are worthless.
Nobody will consider this to be Zack Greinke’s Diamondbacks debut after he makes his real debut on Opening Day against the Cubs. But it will be good to see what Greinke looks like pitching in a Diamondbacks jersey for the first time.