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Posted by Drew Martin
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Is Zack Greinke back?

Fangraphs seems to think so.....

Last night, Zack Greinke took a no-hitter into the 8th inning. Gregory Polanco ended the no-hit bid and the shutout with one swing, but Greinkes 8/1/1/1/11 line was still his best outing of the year. And thats saying something, because in the first five weeks of 2017, Greinke has been as good as he was in his prime.

Greinke sat at 94 as recently as 2014, and was at 93 in his final year in Los Angeles, the one that convinced Arizona to give him $206 million. He fell to 92 last year, and the velocity loss was a prime suspect in why he had his worst year since he became a quality pitcher, but this year, hes lost another mph off his fastball, but is pitching as well as ever. So whats the deal?

Generally, when you think of guys learning to pitch without velocity, the story involves throwing more strikes, painting the corners, and commanding the strike zone. Except, of the 102 qualified starters to take the mound this year, Greinkes Zone% ranks 99th, as only 39% of the pitches hes thrown this year have been in the strike zone. Greinke is getting guys out by throwing lower velocity pitches that would be balls if hitters didnt swing at them.

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