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.
The Blue Jays placed right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a contusion in his right index finger, per a team announcement on Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to Friday. In a corresponding move, righty Marcus Stroman was activated from the DL (right shoulder fatigue) and will take the mound for the Blue Jays at 9:07 PM ET tonight.
Sanchez, 25, is in his fifth season with the club. He hasn’t looked his sharpest so far this year, going 3-5 in 15 starts with a career-worst 4.52 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 through 79 2/3 innings. It’s not yet clear how long he’ll be sidelined, though he could miss as little as one turn in the rotation before returning to the roster in the next week or two.
Sanchez isn’t the only struggling starter in Toronto’s rotation, either. Per MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, the team placed southpaw Jaime Garcia on the DL (right shoulder tenderness) as well, with lefty reliever Tim Mayza scheduled to take his spot on the roster. In 13 starts this season, Garcia carried a 2-6 record, 6.16 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 61 1/3 innings. Any further decisions pertaining to the rotation — including Tuesday’s starter against the Astros — have yet to be publicly addressed.