Zack Greinke’s scoreless innings streak ends at 45 2/3

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Kirk Niewenhuis drew a leadoff hit-by-pitch, Kevin Plawecki singled to right-center, and then Jacob deGrom plated a run with a groundball to first base as the Mets stopped Zack Greinke’s consecutive scoreless innings streak at 45 2/3 in the bottom of the third inning Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson could have made a better play on Plawecki’s ball to right-center and Adrian Gonzalez could have made a better play on deGrom’s grounder to first, but this is baseball. You need a help from your friends to put together any kind of scoreless innings stretch.

Greinke’s streak started on June 13, and he hadn’t allowed a runner to reach third base since June 23.

It’s the sixth-longest consecutive scoreless innings streak of all time and the fourth-longest streak since 1920, behind only Bob Gibson, Don Drysdale, and the MLB record holder Orel Hershiser.

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).