Houston Astros: Four starting pitchers that could be considered
By James Wehr
Zack Greinke: Arizona – Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
Ok, admittedly, I’m not a fan of what I’m about to write. I don’t like the contract, I don’t like the idea of investing in dead money, and I don’t like investing in aging players.
However, you can’t deny the output and the relief Greinke would bring to an Astros team looking to upgrade a needy starting pitching staff.
His average velocity has dropped dramatically, as his fastball is only topping out at 89.6 MPH, that’s almost four points below the league average. His spin rate is steady though, coming in at 2,319 RPM for his fastball, which is just fractions off of Matthew Boyd’s.
His repertoire is hefty. He has with him an arsenal that includes a fastball, changeup, curve, and sinker. This season he is sitting at a 2.90 ERA through 115 innings pitched, striking out 99 batters as well. His 7.7 SO/9IP is a dip from his 8.6 SO/9IP last year.
At 35, his contract is up after the 2022 season at a $35 million clip. At the end of his contract, he would be 38-39. His velocity is dropping, his strikeouts are following suit. This is purely an idea due to his ability to be crafty at his age.
He would merely be a veteran presence that would be your fifth or fourth starter, something the Astros need. The revolving door after the #3 pitcher is a cause of concern, and the reason this article is being written.
Plus, if Tyler White can’t seem to hit, maybe the Astros can transition Zack Greinke into the new Old-Dog-Ohtani and be our DH, while Tyler White transitions into the New-Age-Rick Ankiel and pitches out of the bullpen.
No? That’s dumb? Yea. You’re probably right.
Greinke is hitting .284 with 3 home runs and six RBIs.
White is hitting .212 with 3 home runs and 15 RBIs.
(Insert “Think About It” meme here)