I know it is only one game, but like I thought when he signed, Greinke is going to miss Yasmani, our defense and pitching in a more neutral enviroment. It looked like Castillo wanted fastballs only and the Snakes are nearly as bad as the Padres on defense, especially without Pollock in center. Lamb looked like he has the same range as Karros and that is a bad thing for a third baseman. Kind of why you don't put too much stock in spring training records.
On our side, the only complaints I had were with AJ Ellis and his pitch framing - I know, it is not something that will change, get well, Yas - and Utley is going to get suspended - the slide at home was borderline dirty. I was fully impressed with Joc, Puig and AGon using the whole field approach. I know it is only one game, but I got a good feeling about Utley having a strong bounceback season and he could cut into Kendrick's playing time. Lastly, it was nice to see Trayce not hit at'em's all day long.
Don't know about tonight's game. 10pm start time for me is going to be easy, 1am for the game to be over will be rough. Just going to have to caffeine-load today and forego eighteen holes. Probably for the best, got in nine holes yesterday and I think I was at 60 before calling it a day. Couldn't hit anything straight and I putted like a blind man. Herself, sore shoulder and all, was at 37 after nine holes, I think she finished at 75. Just ain't fair.
Yeah, pitching at Chase Field the majority of his starts (vs Chavez Ravine) is going to affect Greinke in a significant way. He had a 0.00 ERA at Chase Field in 2 starts last year, but that's small sample size. The ball travels very well there and the surface is fast and, like you said, the defense behind him has some issues.
I believe he hadn't given up 5 runs in a start since 2010 and got tagged for 7 runs in his first start as a DBack! Gotta say, it was fun to watch.
With Utley and Joc, I just hope they will get platooned. I think facing mostly righties will help them to be productive. Let Kendrick and Kike feast on lefties.
Puig is the one who impressed me the most last night. Really did a good job of going with the pitch and had some really good ABs. If he continues that approach, he could have a really good bounce back season.