The Royals are 67-98 in Zack Greinke's 165 career starts

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Zack Greinke threw eight innings last night and allowed four runs against one of the best lineups in the league. He lost. And he usually does, not because Greinke is bad but because his teammates are horrible. He has a perfectly solid 3.90 ERA and the Royals are 10-19 in his starts.
None of which is anything new. Last night was the 165th start of Greinke’s career. He has a 3.77 ERA as a starter, and to put that in context the two best team ERAs in the league this season are 3.58 and 3.84. So in his 165 career starts Greinke has essentially given the Royals the equivalent of the best pitching staff in the league while he’s in the game.
And in those 165 starts the Royals are 67-98. Seriously.
When given 165 starts of his 3.77 ERA starting pitching the Royals have won 40.6 percent of the time, which is almost unfathomable. During that same time period the Royals have won 40.4 percent of their games started by someone other than Greinke. And believe me, the “someones” who started those other 784 games didn’t come close to posting a 3.77 ERA.
Poor guy.

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.