After yet another dominating performance, I have to say I don't think I've ever had the pleasure of watching someone have complete control over the outcome of the game as Zack Greinke has thus far in 2009. There is only one way to describe what he has done so far this season. It can be said in one word: Dominant.
The month of April has almost come and gone, and Zack Greinke has one start to go to make it through the month without having allowed an earned run.
He has had his way with nearly every batter he has faced. If not for an unfortunate throwing error tonight (and while I certainly like to dole out blame, I'm not actually going to blame Aviles here), Greinke would be carrying a 43 inning scoreless streak into his next start.
He has now pitched two straight complete games. In the two games combined, Zack has allowed a total of ten hits and walked one. In 18 innings. He has back-to-back 10 strikeout games. At no point this season has there ever been a doubt as to whether he could pitch himself out of any jam he got himself into, but in these past two starts, the jams have been few and far between.
So, after four starts, his ERA sits at 0.00. After four starts, he has struck out 36 in 29 innings of work. His WHIP, if my calculations are correct, is 0.86. He is 4 - 0. And in this young season, he is the early front-runner for the AL Cy Young. If he doesn't get that honor, at least we have more post-game interviews to look forward to.
Here's to hoping that they need to lower the mounds next year, but only for when Zack is pitching. Dominance is pretty sweet to watch.