Greinke, of course will continue to try to put up zeroes, as he is currently closer than anyone has ever been to Orel Hershiser since Hershiser set a major league record with 59 consecutive scoreless innings. Greinke is at 43⅔ innings, which has lowered his ERA from a really, really good 1.95 to an absurd 1.30 in six starts.
Mets starter Jacb deGrom, no slouch in his own right, is second in the National League and third in the majors with a 2.18 ERA, making this the second straight Sunday that Greinke matched up with another stud.
Greinke was activated from the paternity list to start on Sunday, a technically allowed after the Dodgers created room on Saturday night by sending Chin-hui Tsao and Josh Ravin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
That other open roster spot was filled by Yimi Garcia, who was recalled from Triple-A after 2½ weeks on the farm. Garcia didn't allow a home run in Oklahoma City, which was his biggest problem with the Dodgers. He started off the year quite strong, but allowed seven home runs in a stretch of 26 games and 23 innings, leading to his demotion.
The Dodgers for now are banking on his 53 strikeouts and just nine walks in 37⅓ innings, looking for more of that going forward.
Zach Lee remains on the active roster, as the Dodgers might choose to use their coming off days for extra rest for their starting pitchers, meaning a possible start for Lee in the next 10 days. Of course, the Dodgers could acquire a pitcher by then, which apparently won't be Kansas City-bound Johnny Cueto.
Scott Van Slyke suffered the weirdest injury of the road trip.
Scott Van Slyke wasn't available yesterday. He hurt his neck riding a taxi when driver slammed brakes and SVS hit his head on the divider.— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) July 26, 2015
The injury is not considered serious.— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) July 26, 2015