Zack Greinke picked up the victory last night in Game 1 of the NLCS and in doing so became the first pitcher in more than a decade to be credited with a “win” in the postseason while allowing six or more runs.
Orlando Hernandez of the Yankees was the last pitcher to receive the long leash and run support to make that possible, beating the Mariners in Game 6 of the ALCS in 2000 despite coughing up six runs in seven innings.
And besides Greinke and Orlando Hernandez the only other pitcher to accomplish that feat since 1980 is Livan Hernandez in 1997, when he tossed eight innings of six-run ball for the Marlins in Game 5 of the World Series against the Indians.
So in the past 30 years the only three pitchers to get a playoff victory while giving up at least six runs are Greinke and the Hernandez brothers. Obviously those three guys just know how to win.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.