It’s audition time for Zack Greinke tonight, as he looks to attract potential suitors in a trade. He is already getting paid a boat load of money, so this is kind of irrelevant for him. However, he could instantly go to a contender and his current team will likely fetch a nice haul of prospects in return. Holding onto Greinke is pointless at this point, so they might as well continue the rebuilding process. Trading Paul Goldschmidt already put them in a rebuilding position.
Time to empty the rest of the team out. There are a lot of quality pitchers out there to be bad in a trade. In other words, the Diamondbacks are going to have to have to be solid at the bargaining table. He has a 15-team no trade clause, including all of the California teams because of the taxes. So, rule out a reunion with the Dodgers.
Along with California, the Yankees, Red Sox, and Phillies are on the list. Another solid contender is the Twins. However, note that he is free to waive the no-trade clause, essentially putting control of what team he wants to go to in his own hands. It doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t play for them. Although, Greinke has had anxiety issues in the past, and I don’t see how playing in Yankee Stadium would be good for that.
Greinke’s best year was in Los Angeles with the Dodgers, so the spotlight didn’t bother him there. Having said that, New York can be much more relentless when it comes to baseball. Sonny Gray got rightfully booed off the field last season, but James Paxton even got booed this year. There isn’t much pressure on him in Arizona.
The market is relatively small and fans aren’t as rabid as in New York or Boston. Greinke will get the nod on Saturday in San Francisco. The Giants are expected to counter with Drew Pomeranz. They’ve taken a split in this series thus far, with the Diamondbacks winning Thursday and the Giants last night. Head below for our free Diamondbacks vs. Giants pick.
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On paper, Greinke appears to have a nice opportunity in San Francisco to give his numbers a boost. He gets one of the worst offenses in the majors to pitch against, but the Giants seemingly spring to life occasionally. Greinke can’t go in with the mindset that this is going to be an easy day at the office. In any case, he has been solid with an ERA of 3.08 and 0.95 WHIP on the season. And Greinke has been more effective on the road, posting a 2.78 ERA and 0.87 WHIP as opposed to a 3.40 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in Arizona.
The Giants are hitting .215 in 219 at-bats against Greinke, so they are likely going to be struggling to consistently put innings together. Drew Pomeranz is going to be at a disadvantage in this contest simply because he is a lefty. The Diamondbacks have been earning their money against left-handed pitching all season long. They are hitting a solid .288 against lefties in 2019. Compare that to .240 for the Diamondbacks against right-handed pitchers.
Pomeranz hasn’t been effective against too many teams this season. He has been decent in spots here and there, but not enough to feel confident about his skills. Pomeranz has recorded just two wins on the season, which pairs with a bumpy 6.79 ERA in 2019. In his previous three starts, he’s been erratic, with a 5.65 ERA and 1.74 WHIP. He was solid in his latest game against the Rockies, but his team gave him no offense, as they fell by a score of 2-0 in San Francisco. Considering everything here, the price on Greinke looks rather affordable. Greinke getting -145 against a Giants team who rank 28th with 3.86 runs scored per game is attractive on Saturday.