Wins and losses can be very misleading for starting pitchers, but this is still a pretty impressive stat: After striking out a dozen Cubs in seven shutout innings last night Zack Greinke is now 15-0 with a 2.47 ERA in 21 career starts at Miller Park.
That includes 11-0 with a 3.13 ERA in 15 starts last season and 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA in six starts this year, and he’s racked up 173 strikeouts compared to just 30 walks in 138.2 innings at home as a member of the Brewers.
During that same time Greinke is 8-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 19 road starts, although his 111/33 K/BB ratio in 107 innings away from Miller Park is still excellent.
Mostly he’s just really, really good (and four months from free agency).
Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.
When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.
Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.