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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Fantasy baseball: Time to sit Zack Greinke?

I stuck with Zack Greinke in May, even as he went 1-4 with an uncharacteristically high 4.10 ERA.

I figured his luck had to change, knowing all too well he pitched for Royals, whose ineptitude will trump luck any day of the week and twice on doubleheader days.

Consider this a change of heart.

In two starts this month, Greinke is 0-2 with an 8.18 ERA. In 11 innings, he's allowed 19 hits and walked four -- good for a WHIP of 2.09.

He is now 1-8 with a 4.05 ERA and 1.30 WHIP a year after going 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA and 242 strikeouts in 229 1/3 innings.

Could it be that the lack of support has beaten him down?

In Greinke's first 11 starts this season, he allowed three earned runs or fewer nine times. The Royals scored three runs or fewer in seven of those 11 games. In the 26-year-old's six May starts, Kansas City scored once or was shut out on three occasions.

He has to be nearly perfect to win, and he's been far from it.

You might have chosen Greinke in the third round, and you likely can't get much of value for him in a trade. That leaves you with two choices: Continue playing him and risk him piling up 15 or 16 losses, or bench him.

I'm in the latter camp, at least until the Royals prove me wrong once or twice.

I might be waiting a while.

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