After a lost summer in which he's been largely betrayed by his teammates (the worst team in the American League) Zack Greinke recaptured his April magic. Greinke's line from Tuesday night: 8 innings, 5 hits allowed, 1 walk and 15 strikeouts.
Greinke's fifteen strikeouts is both a team record and a personal high of 11, set during the 2008 season against Oakland. Greinke struck out every Cleveland batter except for Asdrubal Cabrera Tuesday night, and recorded three strikeouts apiece versus Shin-Soo Choo and Kelly Shoppach.
Strictly by the numbers that only the pitcher can control -- also known as "what should matter" -- Greinke has been the best pitcher in the American League this season, though the gap has closed in recent weeks. After a series of horrific losses and no decisions caused by his hapless mates and an increasing sense that he was sliding out of the Cy Young race, I couldn't help but feel that Zack's shutdown start against the Tribe tonight had a certain "eff you" quality.
In an awful season which ends a decade of failure and incompetence, Zack Greinke's historically great season has been mostly wasted, but no less relished and enjoyed.