Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Max vs. Zach

Scherzer ready for showdown with Greinke (
The D-backs and Royals continue Interleague Play on Wednesday night with a pitching matchup that features a pair of talented right-handers in Max Scherzer and Zack Greinke.

"Two guys who have dominating stuff," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. "Which probably means it leads to a high-scoring game the way baseball works."

Scherzer is coming off one of the better starts of his short career. Against the Giants at Chase Field last week he tossed a career-high 7 2/3 innings and 116 pitches in a 2-1 win. Being more efficient with his pitches has been a priority for Scherzer, who has struggled to pitch deep into games.

There's no questioning the talent in Scherzer's right arm, though. He has always had an electric fastball, but he has also gotten better at using his slider and changeup.

Greinke has been one of the league's best pitchers thus far. He was the American League Pitcher of the Month in April.

"Greinke's been as dominant as any pitcher in baseball," Hinch said. "But he's not invincible. His success has been well documented."

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