Zack Greinke started on short rest for just the second time in his career in Wednesday’s regular season finale against the Pirates. This called into question his availability for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Diamondbacks tomorrow, as he would again be pitching on just three days’ rest, but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel yesterday that he will indeed make the start.
“I don’t think it’s a risk because he threw 74 pitches the other day. If he had thrown 100, we wouldn’t be talking about this. I won’t second-guess myself on this.”
Anything can happen in the playoffs, but the Brewers have at least lined up their starters in a favorable manner. Greinke went 11-0 with a 3.13 ERA at home this season compared to 5-6 with a 4.70 ERA on the road. As for Shaun Marcum, who will now start Game 3 in Chase Field next Tuesday, his splits are even more dramatic. He went 5-4 with a 4.81 ERA at home this season compared to 8-3 with a 2.21 ERA on the road.
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.