Is Zack Back?
We've asked Brewers fans to be cautious with the return of Zack Greinke earlier this month. It was going to take some time for him to get into midseason form while he worked on stamina and getting his pitch count up. After four starts it looked like he was on his way but couldn't quite seem to get over the hump.
That might have changed Wednesday. Greinke lasted seven innings while throwing 100 pitches against Washington. By holding the Nationals to three earned runs Greinke also got his ERA under 6.00. For a guy with a Cy Young under his belt that might not sound like much but Greinke is well on his way to being reliable, especially with 19 strikeouts and only one walk in his last two starts.
Reliable is a word that has not described the Brewers staff since August of 2008 but now it might be an appropriate description. Greinke is improving, Shaun Marcum has been brilliant and the Gallardo-Wolf-Narveson trio have by-and-large held their own. Finally, the Brewers have the quality starting pitching we've been looking for. The likes of Doug Davis and Jeff Suppan are long gone and with it hopefully are the days of below-.500 ball.