Zack Greinke (16-6, 3.08 ERA) is officially in contention for the N.L. CY Young Award and it is hard to argue against his case.
Yes, Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw are the front runners. But, Kershaw missed a lot of time on the disabled list and Greinke has quietly put together at a very least, a Comeback Player of the Year Award worthy season.
The Diamondbacks ace and “stopper” of all losing streaks ranks sixth in the N.L. in ERA (3.08), tied for first in wins (16), fourth in strikeouts (188), fourth in WHIP (1.07) and tied for seventh in innings pitched (172.1) with Scherzer.
That resume is hard to beat. Greinke will have a chance to shine against his old team again. Despite beating the Dodgers last time out, he allowed five runs in just five innings in his only start at Dodger Stadium this season. When you pair that outing with a clunker he had a season ago, Greinke’s results in Los Angeles since signing with Arizona as a free agent in the 2016 offseason have not been very good.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-7, 3.71) was on a role in the second half before running into the Diamondbacks last week. But that is what Arizona has done to every pitcher as of late. Like Hill, the right-handed Ryu will try to make adjustments after allowing six runs in four innings and three home runs.