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Zack Greinke becomes first pitcher with two stolen bases in a season since 2007

Sep 1, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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Zack Greinke is having a great year on the mound, but what has been more impressive is what he has accomplished offensively. He entered this afternoon’s start against the Padres with an .809 OPS, easily the best mark among pitchers at the dish this season. Cubs pitcher Travis Wood has a .717 OPS, the second-best mark among hurlers.

In the bottom of the fifth, with the score tied 1-1, Greinke singled to center with two outs against Padres starter Tyson Ross. With Carl Crawford batting, Greinke stole second base, his second stolen base of the season. Greinke is the first pitcher with two stolen bases in a season since Orlando Hernandez accomplished the feat in 2007 with the Mets. He is the first Dodger to steal two bags since Orel Hershiser in 1987.

Player Year SB Age Tm Lg G PA CS OPS
Orlando Hernandez 2007 2 41 NYM NL 28 54 0 .375
Greg Maddux 2006 2 40 CHC/LAD NL 34 77 0 .317
Adam Eaton 2004 2 26 SDP NL 38 76 0 .594
Adam Eaton 2000 2 22 SDP NL 23 45 0 .742
Mike Hampton 1998 2 25 HOU NL 32 76 0 .676
Kevin Foster 1995 2 26 CHC NL 33 68 0 .636
Doug Brocail 1993 2 26 SDP NL 30 44 0 .364
Rick Sutcliffe 1989 2 33 CHC NL 37 90 0 .421
Tom Browning 1988 3 28 CIN NL 41 98 0 .362
Orel Hershiser 1987 2 28 LAD NL 40 102 1 .495
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Generated 9/1/2013.

On the mound, Greinke went seven innings, allowing just the one run on two hits and two walks while striking out seven. He lowered his ERA to 2.78 with the effort. Yasiel Puig blasted a solo home run to left field in the sixth to give him a 2-1 lead before departing. Relievers Ronald Belisario and Paco Rodriguez teamed up for a scoreless eighth before closer Kenley Jansen shut the door in the ninth for his 24th save.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    well looks like the first year of the grienke contract is working out guy is doing it with pitching and his bat. good for him

    • jayquintana - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      I gotta confess, I didn’t think it was a good signing. Glad I am wrong.

      Go Blue!

      • dan1111 - Sep 2, 2013 at 2:37 AM

        So far so good–but it’s a long, very expensive contract.

  2. pensman29 - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Will these batting stats help him win the cy young?

    • dan1111 - Sep 2, 2013 at 2:42 AM

      If he can steal about 150 more bases by the end of the season, it might make up for the difference between his pitching and Kershaw’s pitching.

  3. http;//blog.redmikes.com - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Wow!! I guess he’s set for the MVP

  4. ch0psuey - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    And hey, he didnt try to throw at anybody today (doesnt the HBT community frown upon that?).

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 2, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Hey! Old San Quentin is done for the year because his knee sucks (call it Karma) and Ian Kennedy is still running away from the mound at Dodger Stadium, probably trying to find a catcher as stupid as Miguel “Chickenshit” Montero to hold and rock him slowly.

  5. eightyraw - Sep 2, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    I don’t agree that 40% better than average with the bat in 60PAs is more impressive than pitching 20% better than average over 575PAs

    • Jeff M. - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      Neither does anybody else. What an odd thing to say.

      • eightyraw - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Odd on my part? Because I was directly refuting the first sentence of this post

      • Jeff M. - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        I took the author’s point to be that Greinke’s offensive prowess is pretty cool to see. Also, rare for a pitcher. The author never said that Greinke is a better hitter than he is a pitcher, which seems to be where you’re going with this.

      • eightyraw - Sep 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Author implicitly says that Greinke’s hitting accomplishments are more impressive than his pitching accomplishments. I disagree citing the difference in sample sizes. You seem to be taking very liberal interpretations of what you read.

      • Jeff M. - Sep 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        Greinke is a very good pitcher. Even many casual baseball fans are aware he won a Cy Young award. So an article about Greinke continuing his pitching dominance isn’t exactly breaking news.

        However, an article about Greinke stealing two bases – the latest of those, headfirst – while proving himself to be pretty handy with a bat is much more interesting.

        Perhaps you’re right, and I’m picking up something that the author didn’t intend. Or perhaps not. In any case, Happy Labor Day!

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