What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday’s Action

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Wednesday night’s West coast match-up between the Diamondbacks and Giants at AT&T Park will feature two starters who are not only good at pitching, but hitting as well. Zack Greinke will start for the D-Backs opposite the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner. Greinke has six career home runs, including two last year, while Bumgarner has 12 career round-trippers, including five last season and one already in 2016. Since he came into the league in 2004, only six pitchers have hit more homers than Greinke: Bumgarner, Carlos Zambrano, Yovani Gallardo, Travis Wood, Micah Owings, and Dontrelle Willis. Opponents of the DH, such as yours truly, will find Wednesday’s game particularly intriguing.

Pitching-wise, both have been slow to start, but it’s nothing to worry about — especially this early in the season. Greinke has a 6.75 ERA over his first three starts, having allowed 22 hits and five walks with 15 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings. Bumgarner has a 4.50 ERA on 19 hits and seven walks with 21 strikeouts in 16 innings.

Greinke inked a six-year, $206.5 million contract with the D-Backs in December, representing one of their two big offseason additions along with Shelby Miller. Miller has also struggled, and it’s been the club’s young pitchers — Patrick Corbin and Robbie Ray — who have impressed thus far. Combined over six starts, Corbin and Ray have a composite 2.37 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 15 walks in 38 innings. One can almost set his or her watch to Greinke and Miller eventually figuring things out, so if Corbin and Ray can keep it up over a full season, the D-Backs will be in a good place.

The rest of Wednesday’s action…

Seattle Mariners (Taijuan Walker) @ Cleveland Indians (Danny Salazar), 6:10 PM EST

New York Mets (Bartolo Colon) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Jeremy Hellickson), 7:05 PM EST

Oakland Athletics (Kendall Graveman) @ New York Yankees (Nathan Eovaldi), 7:05 PM EST

Toronto Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey) @ Baltimore Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez), 7:05 PM EST

Los Angeles Dodgers (Ross Stripling) @ Atlanta Braves (Julio Teheran), 7:10 PM EST

Tampa Bay Rays (Chris Archer) @ Boston Red Sox (Rick Porcello), 7:10 PM EST

Washington Nationals (Joe Ross) @ Miami Marlins (Wei-Yin Chen), 7:10 PM EST

Detroit Tigers (Jordan Zimmermann) @ Kansas City Royals (Ian Kennedy), 7:15 PM EST

Houston Astros (Doug Fister) @ Texas Rangers (Cole Hamels), 8:05 PM EST

Minnesota Twins (Tommy Milone) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Jimmy Nelson), 8:10 PM EST

Pittsburgh Pirates (Jeff Locke) @ San Diego Padres (Drew Pomeranz), 10:10 PM EST

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.