Posted by Steve
In a season in which seemingly everything has gone wrong, something finally went right for the Brewers. Zack Greinke needed a strong start to answer questions after his layoff, and he went above and beyond. Three base runners in seven innings (and he could have easily kept going), some great defensive plays, and to top it off, a massive home run.
His trade value should be just about fully restored, and I’d be very surprised if he made another start with Milwaukee. Since he won’t re-sign, this is good news for the Brewers. I’ve been focused on Greinke trade possibilities for weeks now, and now that it’s finally clear he’s gone, it’s bittersweet. Greinke is an awesome pitcher, and my favorite since Ben Sheets. With him gone, it’s unlikely the Brewers will contend in 2013, so it probably means another year of losing.
Getting a great return for Greinke will really help, but it sucks that he didn’t stay here long term.
I think FS Wisconsin in-game reporter Jerry Augustine put it best tonight.
“”What better way than have to watch a great pitched game… from a PITCHER on his birthday!””
Well said, Jerry. Well said.