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The Rundown: Greinke has hit his stride with the Dodgers

Updated: 2013-09-08T03:05:30Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

There’s a reason why baseball people talk about things evening out over the course of a season.

Take the case of Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, the former Royals ace.

In the middle of June, Greinke had a 3-2 record with a 4.22 ERA. He also had spent time on the disabled list with a broken clavicle after the much-publicized run-in with the Padres’ Carlos Quentin.

Since then, Greinke has looked like a pitcher who received a $147 million contract in the offseason.

Heading into his start on Saturday, Greinke was 8-1 with a 1.47 ERA dating to July 8. In those 11 starts, he had 67 strikeouts and just 17 walks. LA is 10-1 in that span.

The Orange County Register asked Dodgers manager Don Mattingly what he has learned about Greinke this season.

“Definitely that him being uncomfortable around people is overblown,” Mattingly said, referencing Greinke’s social anxiety. “He’s easy to talk to. He doesn’t shy away from anything. He’s been part of everything that’s going on. He was part of the (fantasy football) draft the other day.

“You heard that he was some kind of recluse or something. … He’s competitive. He’s smart. He’s prepared. I didn’t know him at all.”

While Greinke won the NL Pitcher of the Month award for August, he was part of a terrific trio of Dodgers starters, joining Clayton Kershaw and Ricky Nolasco. Those three were a combined 13-2 with a 1.30 ERA in August.

According to Elias Sports Bureau no other trio of starting pitchers since 1969 (when the height of the pitcher’s mound was lowered) combined for 13 wins and an ERA as low as 1.30 with each starter making four or more starts.

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