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Snake Bytes 4/26: Greinke Throws Gift to Phillies in 6th

Greinke gave up a lead in the 6th leaving the D-backs having to win today for 8th straight series victory.

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Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

Phillies 5, Diamondbacks 3

Why does Greinke seem to lose it late in games? Despite a 3.20 ERA last year, he tended to give up runs late and the trend continues. Even before joining the D-backs, he had evolved into smart pitcher with control and accuracy as his strength over velocity. He clearly knows how to pitch. But in his last year with the Dodgers, he pitched a quality start in all but two games. With the D-backs, his efforts after the fifth have been hit-or-miss (literally). Is it age? Does his command that he relies upon weaken as his arm fatigues? Poor luck? The Diamondbacks have a strong bullpen, maybe they should use it despite the money they pay for Greinke’s services. The season is still young, but it might be time to take a closer look. The D-backs offense did have opportunities late to bail Greinke out and missed them. The rubber match has frequently been the game that continues the series win streak, let’s hope it continues.

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