Wow, Did That Just Happened?

I’m sure that’s exactly what Zack Greinke, the Royals’ young star pitcher, is thinking right now after he just got smoked for five runs on nine hits (two homers) and a walk.  He also had two unearned runs allowed in his five inning outing.  Greinke must have been shocked, after so many STELLAR performances to start the season.  He is among the top two pitchers in the AL and is in the running for a start in this season’s all star game.  He is no doubt an all star but his only other competition for the start is the Blue Jays’ Roy Halladay who is also having a STELLAR season.  Some competition, huh?

Greinke is currently 8-2 on the season with a league best 1.55 ERA.  He also has 91 strikeouts which is also one of the best totals in the league.  He is having an overall great season and this one loss won’t hurt him.  This loss is definitely shocking… I’m shocked.  But it really isn’t that big a deal.  He still has one of the best records, has the best ERA, despite it being over 1, and has a great number of K’s.  He is great.  A youngster who is having a Cy Young season is something that the Royals need.  Someone who can lead the team and get them somewhere.  He’s going to be fine. 

Now, the competition for the starting all star job is between Halladay and Greinke.  That’s no doubt.  They are the top two pitchers in the league and there is no one even close to having as good a season as these two are having.  So who should it be? 

My pick: Halladay. 

Why: He has a better record.  His performances this season have equally matched that of Greinke’s, and his team is winning.  Halladay has been great throughout his career.  He still is.  Greinke is still young and I have no doubt that he will be a starter in the all star game sometime in his career.  But right now, the spotlight is on Halladay who has proven himself over and over again that he is one of the best in the business. 

So nothing against Greinke, because I happen to like him very much, but I think this season, it should be Halladay.  But next year… who knows?  Maybe next year will be Greinke’s turn. 

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Another “Wow, did that just happen” moment from this week was Randy Johnson’s entry into the 300 win club.  Way to go man.  You’ve earned it.  Johnson’s career so far has been STELLAR and he is still going.  That’s amazing.  This milestone is one of the most respected of all milestones reached in baseball.. I think it is the one you have to work the hardest for.  It’s great for everyone who has reached it and Randy Johnson is now among some of the greatest pitchers of all time.  Throughout his career, he has pitched for the Expos, Mariners, Astros, Diamondbacks (two stints), Yankees, and Giants.  Here’s a little summary of his career. 

Johnson has been the type of pitcher who would be set to pitch and the other team wouldn’t want to face him.  He was a tall, powerful pitcher.  He had a good fastball and good secondary pitches.  He was just a great overall pitcher that new the game.  Opponents didn’t want to face him.  He has pitched a perfect game.  He has demolished a bird in mid-air (not something you want him to do to you) and has come up big for all of the teams he has played for in his great career. 

So now that you’ve heard some of that, I hope you would come to appreciate how hard it is to get to this milestone.  Way to go man.

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Now here’s the last of my stories from this week.  This also happened last night.  It happened in the Mariners- Twins game.  Ichiro, riding a 2 game hitting streak, went hitless against Twins pitchign ending his streak at 27.  It was a disappointing game for the Mariners and Ichiro as his streak was snapped and the Mariners lost 2-1.  Ichiro’s streak wasn’t the first long one of the season.  Everyone remembers Ryan Zimmerman’s earlier this season which ended at 30 games.  There have been others but none have gone as high as these two which have gained much attention all over the MLB community. 

Ichiro has had a great season overall this year and is bound to get an all star bid for the mid summer classic in St. Louis.  I have Ichiro among my votes for one of the outfield starting spots.  Along with Jason Bay and Curtis Granderson. 

-Dillon

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5 comments

  1. mike_b

    It’s a tough call between Greinke and Halladay. For the “wow, that’d be cool” factor I’d go with Greinke but realistically you’d have to pick Halladay. I’m quite torn on this issue actually, you may have inspired me to write an All-Star starters blog!
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