Mention Zack Greinke’s name, and KC Royals fans tend to have mixed reactions. There is no doubt about his great ability to pitch; his CY Young performance in 2009 is proof enough of that. But it was, after all, Greinke who sought a trade out of Kansas City.
And since the offseason 2010 trade via which Greinke got his wish, the Royals seem to plague him. Until 2019, they were the only team he hadn’t beaten and he’s now 1-4 against them. He’ll get another shot at the team that drafted him and with whom he broke in with all those years ago when he starts for Houston Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.
Although Royals fans have a right to love or dislike Greinke, let’s take a look at three of his most memorable moments as a Royal.
Zack Greinke’s only Cy Young award came when he was with the KC Royals.
Despite posting 159 of his 219 major league victories with other clubs, and recording his best single-season ERA with the Dodgers at 1.66 in 2015, Greinke’s only Cy Young award came when he was with Kansas City in 2009.
KC Royals fans may know that year all too well.
Though the team finished with a 65-97 record, Greinke was a phenomenal bright spot in an otherwise unsavory season. He was essentially the club’s best player, boasting a 16-8 record, 2.16 ERA, 1.073 WHIP and 242 strikeouts in 229.1 innings. His ERA led the majors and his WHIP was the best in the American League.
In earning the Cy Young award, Greinke became the first Royal since David Cone in 1994 to win it. Greinke, though, admitted he didn’t particularly enjoy the recognition that came with winning the Cy Young.
But he certainly did deserve it for his fantastic performance in his sixth season with the Royals.