Houston Astros: Zack Greinke continues to impress in Spring Training

Houston Astros pitcher Zack Grienke (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Houston Astros pitcher Zack Grienke (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke is demonstrating that he’s back in form and ready to get things started fort he 2020 season. What’s going on?

Houston Astros fans — around this time next month, we’ll be talking about this team being in the midst of the start of the regular season, their 2020 campaign, one of the most important ones that they’ll ever partake.

It’s going to be a “Houston Astros vs. World” type mentality as they’ve got an uphill battle to climb as they buck the trends of the court of public opinion, amid their role in a sign-stealing scandal dating back to the 2017-18 seasons.

What’s been done has been done and this team must get to work in ensuring that they put their best foot forward in doing their utmost to win as many baseball games as they can.  They’ve tapped Dusty Baker, one of the most storied and respected managers in baseball to guide this team through their tumultuous yet turbulent times.

I was skeptical about Baker’s hire — particularly for the sake of him not being here long-term and his ability to relate to the players — but he’s done a terrific job so far with that and he has my blessing to lead this team new heights.

I hope that it happens but the Houston Astros just need to win it all to prove to the world that they can win without cheating.  As a matter of fact, the 2019 season was a testament to that but I think they’ll have to make that an objective this season to prove the naysayers wrong.

But one guy that we know is going to be ready to get things started is Zack Greinke, to whom the team acquired at the trade deadline last season and has been remarkably solid through the playoffs as well.

I still feel Hinch shouldn’t have pulled him in Game 7 of the World Series as he was slowly working

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into a jam but I think Greinke was showing his ability to get out of it.  We’ll never know how he would’ve fared had he stayed in the game just a bit longer.

He’ll be coupled with a starting lineup that will feature Justin Verlander, Lance McCullers Jr., with Jose Urquidy, Josh James and Framber Valdez all being fringe candidates to fill out the starting rotation.

Greinke finished up yesterday’s start pitching wonderfully, allowing just two hits and tossing two strikeouts through 3.0 innings of work.  He also threw 38 pitches — 27 strikes — during his time on the bump so it goes to show he’s ready to rock for this season.  Greinke hasn’t allowed a earned run yet through his time in the Grapefruit League.

He even found a way to hit 91 miles per hour on the radar gun as well.

He has tossed a total of five strikeouts and is holding at a sterling 0.60 WHIP through 5.0 total innings of work.

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This is honestly so positive to hear about Greinke and hope he continues to strut his strongest stuff as they’ll be leaning off of him a lot as well as Verlander, especially with the loss of Gerrit Cole to the New York Yankees.

I’m excited and you should be too!  Let’s get it!