So tonight is the big game, Saunders v. Greinke, as the Angels’ remaining ace takes on arguably the best pitcher in baseball.
Zack Greinke has been downright filthy this season, 6-0, 0.40 ERA and leads the league in strikeouts. He has command of every pitch imaginable, he can blow batters away with his fastball or keep them off balance with a 60 mph curveball.
However, as we saw yesterday the Royals have a mediocre offense and don’t put many runs on the board. Given his record, Greinke wont need much run support if he’s on top of his game, but if we can score 3-4 runs I’m pretty confident we’ll be able to win the game. It would be a big confidence boost if we were to hand Greinke his first loss of the season.
I didn’t attend last night’s game but was watching it on TV and I’m continued to be impressed by Matt Palmer. After out-pitching CC Sabathia and defeating the Yankees in his last start, Palmer pitched a solid 5+ innings and got the win; raising his record to 3-0 with a 3.06 ERA. Honestly, I had never heard of Palmer before this season, I guess he made a few starts with San Francisco last year and came to our team this offseason when we signed him to a minor league contract.
Already 30 years old, Palmer has made the best of his opportunity with us (along with Shane Loux) and has pitched amazing this season. As I mentioned before, I would really like to see Palmer and Loux stay with team once Lackey and Santana return. I think putting them in the bullpen and moving Speier, Bulger and Jepsen to Triple A would be a better option for us, giving how much our bullpen has struggled.