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Zack Greinke added to NL All-Star roster

Zack Greinke has been added to the National League All-Star Team in the 89th Midsummer Classic on July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington D.C., replacing Jon Lester of the Cubs

San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Greinke, 34, is making his fifth All-Star appearance (2009, ’14-15, ’17-18), and second as a D-back. He has gone 9-5 with a 3.39 ERA (43 ER in 114.0 IP) with 117 strikeouts and 23 walks in 19 starts, and entered play today among the NL leaders in strikeout-to-walk ratio (2nd, 5.09), walks per 9.0 IP (5th, 1.82), wins (6th), innings (7th), WHIP (8th, 1.15) and ERA (10th). Over his last 13 starts since May 5, he has gone 6-3 with a 2.88 ERA (25 ER in 78.0 IP), .243 opponent average, 75 strikeouts and 19 walks.

Greinke’s addition marks the first time in club history the D-backs will have at least 3 players in the All-Star Game in back-to-back years (2018: Patrick Corbin, Paul Goldschmidt and Greinke; 2017: Goldschmidt, Greinke, Jake Lamb and Robbie Ray). Greinke is 1 of 5 pitchers in D-backs history to be named to multiple All-Star teams, joining Randy Johnson (5), Brandon Webb (3), Dan Haren (2) and Curt Schilling (2). He is the first D-backs hurler to make consecutive appearances in the Midsummer Classic since Haren from 2008-09.

The team says both Greinke and Corbin will be available to pitch in the All-Star game, even though they start on Saturday and Sunday respectively. However, Torey Lovullo did say they may look at re-arranging the rotation when play resumes next Thursday after the break, to ensure things work out, especially if the pair end up appearing. Not sure if that would be just on the mound, or if it also includes Greinke coming off the bench to pinch-hit. Because his .294 average is ahead of everyone on the D-backs with more than three PA this season, and his OPS of .734 ranks him sixth among the sixteen players on the team with 40+ PA. As a batter, his 0.7 bWAR is better than both John Ryan Murphy and Jon Jay...

Here’s Greinke discussing his selection, from Fox Sports Arizona: