Zack Greinke doesn’t know what his future in Kansas City will
hold. However, the Royals know their ace will have a chance to
continue his success against the Seattle Mariners this week.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner looks to remain perfect
against the Mariners when the Royals try for a fifth straight win
at Safeco Field on Friday night.
This season has not gone nearly as well as 2009 when Greinke
(7-10, 3.97 ERA) went 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA. With the Royals (46-62)
likely headed for a seventh straight losing season, the
right-hander recently said he’s not sure he wants to endure another
“It depends more on the team now,” said Greinke, who has spent
his entire seven-year career in Kansas City. “We’ll see. This is at
least the third full restart/rebuilding phase since I’ve been here.
And, obviously, none of them have worked.”
Though the Royals traded key contributors like Alberto Callaspo,
Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth, and designated veteran Jose
Guillen for assignment on Thursday, they have won four of six.
Greinke is 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA in eight starts against the
Mariners, including 1-0 without allowing an earned run in two this
season. He has given up two runs – one earned – in 39 innings over
his last five starts versus Seattle while going 4-0. Three of those
wins were at Safeco, where he allowed an unearned run and two hits
while striking out nine in seven innings of a 3-2 win July 6.
Greinke held the Mariners without a run for the first two
innings to set the franchise record with 31 straight scoreless
innings against one team.
“Dominant,” Ichiro Suzuki told the Mariners’ official website.
“That’s all I have to say.”
In his last outing, Greinke gave up three runs in eight innings
of a 4-3 win at Baltimore to improve to 6-2 with a 3.88 ERA in his
last nine starts.
Kansas City was limited to six runs while dropping two of three
in Oakland this week but could bounce back in Seattle, having
scored 16 runs in a three-game sweep there July 5-7.
The Royals will have to do it without Guillen, who led the team
with 16 homers and 62 RBIs but is owed approximately $3.93 million
from his $12 million salary.
Billy Butler went 1 for 8 in Oakland, but he’s batting .444 with
four home runs and 12 RBIs in his last 15 games against the
Seattle (40-69) has lost nine of 10 after falling 6-0 to Texas
on Thursday. The Mariners have scored a major league-low 353 runs
and been shut out three times in five games.
“You’ve got to score runs to have a ballgame,” manager Don
Wakamatsu said. “We’re not getting the job done.”
Suzuki remains consistent, batting .313 after recording two
doubles Thursday. He is hitting .378 over his last eight games and
is 7 for 22 against Greinke.
Making his third start of the season, Seattle’s Luke French
(0-2, 6.27) tries to remain perfect against the Royals. He is 2-0
with a 3.97 ERA against Kansas City.
After being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma, the left-hander
allowed four runs in six innings of a 4-0 loss at Minnesota on