Zack Greinke’s success in April has only been pronounced since joining the Los Angeles Dodgers two years ago.
The month hasn’t mattered when he’s facing an NL West opponent.
Greinke looks to stay unbeaten in April with the Dodgers by continuing his division dominance with another win over the San Francisco Giants in the finale of a three-game series at Chavez Ravine on Wednesday night.
Greinke is 21-7 with a 2.21 ERA in 42 starts in April, going 9-0 with a 1.72 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 73 1-3 innings over 12 with the Dodgers (12-8).
The right-hander allowed four hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings of a 3-0 win at San Diego on Friday.
"He hasn’t really shown a lot of emotion. He just grows by leaps and bounds as we move into the season," manager Don Mattingly said.
That’s certainly true against division opponents, as Greinke is 21-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 31 starts since signing with Los Angeles. He’s won all 15 decisions over 19 outings since the start of last year.
The two-time All-Star and 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner has made the Giants a regular victim, going 5-0 with a 1.58 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 40 innings over six starts in a Dodgers uniform.
Los Angeles could use another strong outing from Greinke (3-0, 1.35 ERA) since it’s lost four of five this season against San Francisco (9-12) after having five hits and falling 2-1 on Tuesday. The Dodgers won the series opener 8-3.
Adrian Gonzalez struck out as a pinch-hitter Tuesday while being rested against left-hander Madison Bumgarner. The first baseman is hitting .377 with seven homers and 18 RBIs.
The Giants have put together a .283 average while winning six of nine after batting .189 during an eight-game slide.
Angel Pagan has sparked the turnaround, going 11 for 23 during a five-game hitting streak. The center fielder is batting .357 over his last 22 games at Dodger Stadium after collecting three hits in this series.
He’s 5 for 15 against Greinke, while Buster Posey is 6 for 18.
The Giants will counter with Ryan Vogelsong (0-1, 7.71), who is remaining in the rotation in order to give the other starters an extra day of rest. However, he had his best outing by allowing a pair of solo homers and one other hit in six innings of a 3-2 win in 10 over the Dodgers on Thursday.
That helped convince manager Bruce Bochy to turn to the right-hander again, despite the performance coming after he gave up seven runs in 5 2-3 innings over two relief appearances.
"I thought he pitched pretty effectively," Bochy told MLB’s official website. "He looked a lot more comfortable. He had a little rough go coming out of the bullpen."
Vogelsong is 0-2 with a 4.06 ERA over his last nine starts against the Dodgers, and he’s allowed Gonzalez to go 6 for 17 with two homers and three doubles in their matchups since 2013.