Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Zack Greinke "He's been good, but hardly among the elite of the elite since 2009"

Zack Greinke -

Pix: AP

Mark Saxon of ESPN L.A. wrote this last week.... {linked here}

Zack Greinke, good pitcher, certainly a more appealing option than any of the second-tier starters such as Anibal Sanchez or Kyle Lohse. But Zack Greinke, highest-paid pitcher in baseball? He's been good, but hardly among the elite of the elite since 2009.

Uh, what?

He's been good, but hardly among the elite of the elite since 2009. 

He's been good, but hardly among the elite of the elite since 2009.  

He's been good, but hardly among the elite of the elite since 2009. 

He's been good, but hardly among the elite of the elite since 2009. 

He's been good, but hardly among the elite of the elite since 2009.

I just read this right now and I needed to post something. I know it's a comment from last week. I'm sorry. I've been down with the flu and haven't been online that much.

In my opinion, Greinke has been among the elite of the elite since 2009. I'm wrong?

Using Fangraphs stats here... {linked here}

Greinke has a WAR of 23.5 since 2009. (Fifth among all major league pitchers in that span)

Click pix to view other stats.  (Since 2009)


Yeah, I think he's been one of the best since '09.

Get it done Ned.

3 comments:

Greg Zakwin said...

He's only right to the extent that Greinke shouldn't be the highest-paid pitcher in baseball, but that's really just a function of the rising cost of pitchers and the Dodgers having more money than every country combined.

Kershaw is going to make INSANE BANK when he gets extended.

Chad Moriyama said...

Good catch, Roberto.

Yeah, dunno why he's stressing about the "highest-paid pitcher in baseball" label when that will probably only last one season.

Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw and friends are going to wreck that.

MarcoS. said...

Overall this offseason we have seen some pretty obscene contracts compared to seasons past. The Red Sox just gave Victorino and Napoli who are coming off awful seasons almost 40 million each for 3 years. Torii Hunter is getting 2 years 26 million at the age of a billion.

I agree with Saxson that Greinke shouldn't be the highest paid pitcher in baseball, but like everyone else said, Grenks won't be the highest paid pitcher for long. Owners are making more money than ever, so players are asking for more money than their peers recieved in the past.

In anycase I take everything Mark Saxson says with a grain of salt. The guy has spent the better part of a decade being a Artie Moreno lackey writer, so I'm not exactly sure why ESPN made him the Dodgers writer after Jon Weisman left. I'll say this, if the Angels were making Greinke the highest paid pitcher in baseball I bet Saxon wouldn't be as critical about Zack.