Greinke heading to the Diamondbacks came to a shock to many baseball fans but probably not to D-Back fans. General Manager Dave Stewart was very vocal about going out and spending money on an ace this off-season. By making a splash, Stewart has done just that.
Greinke is coming off a sensational 2015- posting a 1.66 ERA, striking out 200 batters in 32 starts, and 222.2 innings pitched. He finished runner up to Jake Arrieta in the NL Cy Young race.
Arizona will be Greinke’s fifth ball club. He has pitched for the Royals, Brewers, Angles, and most recently the Dodgers. The Diamondbacks have some young arms in their rotation that the team is very excited about including Ruby De La Rosa, Patrick Corbin (a 2013 All Star), and Archie Bradley. Now with a legitimate ace in Greinke to guide those young arms, the Diamondbacks starting rotation is looking pretty solid.
In his career Greinke has pitched to a 0.65 ERA and has a perfect 6-0 record at Chase Field, the ballpark he will now call home. This alone makes Arizona a great fit for him.
The Diamondbacks already have an offense that is one of the best in the majors, scoring the 8th most runs a season ago, and second most in the NL. The team has a superstar in first-baseman Paul Goldschmidt, and emerging star in center-fielder A.J. Pollock.
With the addition of Greinke the Diamondbacks are going to be a feared team heading into 2016; a year where they intend to go for the ultimate goal of winning the world series. This all comes just two years after finishing with the league’s worst record. Look for the Diamondbacks to return to contention.