Houston Astros: Zack Greinke did what only two active pitchers have done

Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke completed a feat that only two active pitchers have done in their careers. What’s going on? Let’s take a look.

The Houston Astros have concluded their series against the Oakland A’s with a win with some terrific hitting coming from Alex Bregman along with the always-reliable performance from Michael Brantley.

Our team seemed like they were on the track as things were within previous games this series — except for the opening game — until Bregman took it upon himself to come through in the clutch at the top of the 5th inning, where his homer brought in Josh Reddick and Jose Altuve to put the Houston Astros up 3-1.

This team didn’t look back after that moment, especially after Yuli Gurriel was able to double off a line drive to Robbie Grossman sending Carlos Correa home for the score at the top of the 6th.

Shortly thereafter, Brett Anderson had to be pulled from the game from an apparent injury — looked like a blister to me — and Lou Trivino took his spot on the bump.

The rest of the Houston Astros lineup was 4-for-28 today so if it wasn’t for Bregman’s heroics along with Brantley’s, this team would’ve been staring at the bottom of the barrel, wondering why in the hell they weren’t making inroads against their opponent.

But enough of that, let’s talk about our newest acquisition in Zack Greinke.  His starts have been up-and-down in the three he has appeared in so far but today’s performance was his best by far.

In fact, it was so good that it earned him the win but it wasn’t just any type but his 200th of his career.

Greinke joins fellow teammate Justin Verlander (219) and CC Sabathia (251) as the three active

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players that have 200 notches of wins on their belts.  It’s not easy to get to such a mark but he’s been able to do it by pitching consistently well over his career, even if he has made several stops along the way.

Zack finished today’s game with six strikeouts, four hits and allowing just one earned run — a homer by Marcus Semien — while walking three through 7.0 innings pitched.  He was super-effective today and better days seem ahead for the likely future Hall of Famer.

I’m still pinching myself that this team actually got him but I do have my concerns that his presence may cost the team a shot at retaining Gerrit Cole.  I hate to be a Debbie Downer on this topic so we’ll just enjoy him while we can and let the chips fall where they may.

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Nonetheless — congrats Zack!

Greinke has posted a 13-4 record, a 2.84 ERA while tossing 149 strikeouts to 52 earned runs along with a 0.98 WHIP through 165.0 innings pitched in 26 starts this season.