Chip Hale tabs Zack Greinke to start Opening Day for the Diamondbacks

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Today in unsurprising news: Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale appeared on MLB Network Radio and announced that new starter Zack Greinke will take the hill on Opening Day, per Jim Bowden.

It was just a formality, as who else could start Opening Day for them other than the man they signed to a six-year, $206.5 million contract last month? The D-Backs also acquired Shelby Miller this offseason in a trade with the Braves, but he’s yet to put up stats in Greinke’s echelon.

During the 2015 regular season, Greinke went 19-3 with a major league leading 1.66 ERA along with a 200/40 K/BB ratio over 222 2/3 innings. In the postseason, he yielded five runs in two starts spanning 13 2/3 innings versus the Mets in the NLDS, a series the Dodgers lost in five games.