Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Greinke wins an award... for his hitting, of course

Zack Greinke finished the 2013 campaign with a 15-4 record, a 2.63 ERA, and a 1.11 WHIP.  Pretty darn good numbers.

What's even better?  His .328 average at the plate.  And for that, he's claimed his first ever Silver Slugger Award.

The award that honors the top hitter at each position was pretty much a no-brainer in the National League, as Greinke was clearly the top choice.  The next closest amongst pitchers with more than just a handful at-bats were Henderson Alvarez of the Marlins and Tyler Chatwood of the Rockies, who each hit .300.  But even they had between 20-30 less trips to the plate than Greinke.

In 58 at-bats this season, Greinke had 19 hits, including three doubles.  He also drove in four runs, walked seven times, and only struck out 10 times.  Heck, he even stole a couple bases just for good measure.  Not bad for a guy who entered the season with a .170 after playing nearly his whole career in the American League.

The Dodgers were shut out of any Gold Gloves despite having five candidates.  Just yesterday it was announced that Clayton Kershaw is a finalist for the Cy Young, along with Don Mattingly for Manager of the Year and Yasiel Puig for Rookie of the Year.  Look for at least Kershaw to join Greinke with some offseason hardware.

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