June 18, 2021

2019 SnakePit Awards: Performance of the Year Nominees (AZ Snakepit)

Zack Greinke: April 2 vs. SDP – 2-for-4, two HR, 4 RBI, six IP, 3 ER, 10 K, 0 BB, W

Greinke came to Arizona with a reputation as a great-hitting pitcher, with six HR in 341 PA. But over his first two years here, his power was limited and he didn’t leave the yard. Zack made up for lost time in his second start, going deep twice at Petco, while also striking out double-digits. The only other since 1971 to do both, was MadBum for the Giants against us on opening day 2017 – Greinke was Arizona’s starter that day. Zack became only the second Arizona pitcher with two homers. The other, of course, was Micah Owings against Atlanta in August 2007. That outing won Owings the ‘Pittie for Performance of the Year that season, so perhaps Greinke can repeat?

Jon Duplantier: April 28 vs. CHC – +57.6% WP, 4 IP. 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

The highest Win Probability by a pitcher in a single game didn’t belong to a starter this year. It instead goes to Duplantier, who single-handedly kept his team in the game for the tenth, eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth against Chicago, with four consecutive zeroes. It included him escaping a bases loaded, no out jam in the 12th (above), part of a…

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