D-backs ace Zack Greinke quietly a force at the plate

May 24, 2019, 4:39 PM | Updated: 11:13 pm

(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)...

(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

Who ever said pitchers can’t hit?

While there’s no question as to what Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke can do on the mound, the ace leads the D-backs pitching staff with a 6-2 record, his play from the plate has helped add to the team’s win total this season.

Entering play Friday, Greinke’s averaging .320 from the plate, with eight hits, four RBI and six runs scored. He’s also been walked twice and only struck out six times, while he’s laid down three sacrifice bunts in 30 plate appearances.

And he isn’t just putting balls in play either.

Of his eight hits this season, Greinke’s recorded two doubles, a triple and two home runs. He also has a stolen base, something not typically seen from a pitcher.

The pitcher’s tied for first in hits, doubles, and home runs, while Greinke leads all pitchers in runs scored and is second in RBI.

It comes as no surprise to his teammates, however.

“If you want to have a good conversation with Zack Greinke, ask about hitting,” David Peralta said when asked about Greinke’s offense following a two-hit outing back in April. “He loves to talk about hitting, he knows what he’s doing and he’s got a pretty good swing, you can see it, he can hit the ball.”

With Greinke’s eight hits leading the way, the D-backs have a total of 13 knocks this season from their pitching staff. Good enough for No. 3 in the Majors.

Compared to San Francisco Giants pitcher and known-hitter Madison Bumgarner, Greinke has the upper hand this season.

Not only does the D-back lead in the home-run category, Bumgarner trails Greinke in hits (four), runs scored (one), RBI (two), batting average (.167) and strikeouts (14).

So while it’s not necessarily the name you’d expect to hear, when talking about pitchers who rake, don’t forget to throw Greinke’s name in the mix.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Corbin Carroll records a hit...

Arizona Sports

Report: D-backs’ Corbin Carroll re-joining team in Washington after MRI

Diamondbacks outfielder Corbin Carroll is reportedly rejoining the team after an MRI did not show any significant damage to his left side.

7 hours ago

Ketel Marte celebrates...

Arizona Sports

D-backs 2B Ketel Marte chasing Luis Arraez in 2024 MLB All-Star Game voting

Diamondbacks 2B Ketel Marte is a popular name for MLB All-Star Game voting, garnering 608,807 votes in the league's first release of ballots.

8 hours ago


Arizona Sports Video

Video: Bickley Blast: Diamondbacks possibly losing Corbin Carroll to injury might be too much to bear

Despite injuries across the field for the Arizona Diamondbacks, including the starting rotation, Dan Bickley explains why losing Corbin Carroll to a throwing injury might be too much just as the outfielder was starting to find his stride at the plate.

10 hours ago

Christian Walker...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks handle business against White Sox with parade of runs early

The Diamondbacks put up another 12 runs to blow out the White Sox, as the NL's highest-scoring offense in June continued to click.

1 day ago

Corbin Carroll #7 of the Arizona Diamondbacks runs the bases after hitting a double during the firs...

Arizona Sports

Diamondbacks’ Corbin Carroll to receive MRI on left side, optimistic he avoided serious injury

Diamondbacks OF Corbin Carroll experienced discomfort on the left side of his rib cage following a throw in the outfield on Sunday.

1 day ago

Jordan Lawlar...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks top prospect Jordan Lawlar to have MRI for hamstring issue

Arizona Diamondbacks top prospect Jordan Lawlar will have imaging done after suffering hamstring discomfort on Saturday.

1 day ago

D-backs ace Zack Greinke quietly a force at the plate