Zach Greinke’s 2009 campaign started out pretty unbelievably, and it ends with an American League Cy Young Award.
Greinke went 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA, throwing 6 complete games, 3 shutouts, and striking out 242 hitters in just over 229 innings pitched. He allowed only 51 walks.
Basically, this guy makes the Kansas City Royals watchable. And you know something else? If they add another quality arm or two and a couple guys who can produce runs at a reasonable salary, Kansas City isn’t that far away from being a contender. When you can trot out a Greinke every 5th day, anyone you build around him in the rotation that is decent can make you a decent ballclub fast.
As Sam Mellinger points out in his article linked above, the guy is already the most loved sports figure in Kansas City. At 25 years old with his first CY under his belt, he could have a long and wonderful career laid out ahead of him. He will be fun to watch.
It’s also a great story because of all the adversity that Greinke went through in beating anxiety. This isn’t a kid it’s been all roses for from the beginning. He’s had to battle for it. We like that in a guy. Greinke winning the Cy Young Award for the Royals, that’s good for baseball.