Five days into the eighth inning to play the game without a hit or run in front of the Pirates, Zack Greinke will return to the mound looking to continue his recovery campaign Tuesday night against the Mets at Chase Field.
The excellence of Greinke in 2017 is not limited to that last opening. In contrast, the former Cy Young of the American League has allowed three races or less in seven of its first eight outings, with six of quality. Since the Dodgers had five races on April 14, Greinke has 3-1 with 2.06 EFEC, 44 strikeouts and four tickets in 35 innings.
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That could mean the Mets will have problems Monday, with the biggest EFEC pitching pitcher in all of baseball. His rotation has had problems, and the team took waivers this month to left-hander veteran Tommy Milone, who allowed two runs in five innings in his Giants debut. Milone could stay in the rotation at least until they return Steven Matz and Seth Lugo, who are ready to leave the disabled list.
What you need to know about this game:
• The Mets will decide before the game whether they will send shortstop Asdrúbal Cabrera to the disabled list. Cabrera injured his thumb on May 6 and was aggravated on Saturday. The Mets have played two matches affected by health, with Cabrera being out.
• King Fuentes started in center field for the D-backs on Monday, when they played their first match with A.J. Pollock on the disabled list. Fuentes and Gregor Blanco will split the workings of the central prairie, while Pollock recovers from an injury in his right groin.
• Greinke produced a career high of 14 failed swings with his slider in his last outing. In 2017, opponents are failing 46.2% of their swings before that launch, its best percentage since 2012.