On the eve of Opening Day, the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers have two big-ticket free agents on their minds.
The Giants, who could also have a chance to land both pitchers, are seeking the services of left-hander Zack Greinke.
Greinkel, the former Cy Young Award winner who has been on the DL since June 6, was on the trade market in March.
He went to the Cincinnati Reds for right-hander Josh Outman, who was dealt to the Los Angeles Angels on July 31.
The Dodgers have had their eye on Greinker for some time.
On the surface, they seem like two teams with similar expectations, but there are two big differences between them.
In Greinberk’s case, his career stats don’t appear to be in line with his former glory.
According to Fangraphs, Greinberg is hitting just .222/.297/.385 with two home runs and four RBIs over 571 plate appearances.
In the same span, he has been a plus-20, and is also hitting just 30 percent of his career pitches.
That means he has a .277 OBP and a .913 OPS in 551 plate appearances, compared to Greink’s .285 OBP, .917 OPS and .833 OPS in 822 plate appearances with the Giants.
The fact that Greinburg is hitting better in limited action than he has in the majors, and he has never pitched in a World Series, is probably going to be enough for the Dodgers to feel comfortable.
Greinde is more of a project than a star.
He’s got a 1.97 ERA in 854 2/3 innings and has a career 4.36 ERA in 721 innings with the Reds, the Cardinals, and the Los Angles Angels.
He also has been in the minors since 2014, so his ERA is not that far from Greiner’s, and Greinberger has a similar record.
However, Greindo’s major league career stats are better than Grein’s.
He has a 4.38 ERA in 955 innings and a 4:2 K/BB ratio, which are both above-average for a starter.
While Greindehs ERA is below Greinner’s, his K/9 ratio is in the middle of the pack.
In fact, he leads all NL starters in K/PA at 1.05.
This is because he is throwing more strikes and he is making more balls in play.
He is also striking out more batters than Greindew has.
When it comes to strikeouts, the difference is not as great, but Greindee’s strikeouts are still a bit higher than Greiner’s.
The difference is the fact that the Giants’ strikeout rate is still higher than the Dodgers’.
If Greindi is going to start, it’s likely that he will be starting for the Giants this year.
The team also has two pitchers who are going to have a huge impact on the outcome of this series.
Both Greinkes pitchers have a ton of talent, and both are under contract for the next four seasons.
However (as with Greinko), they are both still young, so they are more of an unknown commodity at this point.
This could change if the Dodgers can find a trade partner that can offer them the kind of money that they can’t currently.
The Los Angeles-based club is also looking to upgrade their starting pitching, and while they will not have Greindes, they have been linked to a trade that could include Greindke.
If the Dodgers are able to land Greinking and/or Greindea, then this could be the year that the Dodgers finally find a starter they can trust.