Royals fans booed their team’s former ace last night and they got to see Zack Greinke take the loss too. Bill Shaikin asked Greinke how he felt about that. As with most things, he was pretty clear-eyed about it:
“I don’t know,” Greinke said. “I was pretty rude on the way out. They have every right to be mad at me.”
Probably so. He asked to be traded from Kansas City and news of that and his attendant dissatisfaction with life on the Royals hit the fans before left town. Still, as Shaikin notes, Geinke had pitched in Kansas City twice since leaving the Royals and he wasn’t booed on those occasions. Maybe his big deal with the Dodgers was the difference here. Maybe it was just random.
The Twins have arguably baseball’s scariest offense. Their average of 5.87 runs per game is second only to the Yankees (5.90) while leading the league in slugging percentage (.501), OPS (.840), and home runs (244). White Sox starter Lucas Giolito made their offense look impotent on Wednesday, blanking them over nine innings for his second shutout of the season. The White Sox won 4-0.
Giolito allowed just three hits and walked none while fanning 12 batters over his nine innings of work. He’s now 14-6 with a 3.20 ERA and a 194/51 K/BB ratio in 151 2/3 innings on the season. Giolito is very much in the AL Cy Young Award picture. The Astros’ Justin Verlander leads the league in ERA at 2.81. A strong finish to the season for Giolito could certainly see his ERA dip below 3.00.
As mentioned, Wednesday’s shutout was Giolito’s second of the season. He and the Indians’ Shane Bieber are the only pitchers with multiple shutouts this season. They are two of only 21 pitchers with a shutout.