Stats & Info: Paul Splittorff
The fact that Greinke allowed back-to-back home runs is actually nothing new, he’s done that four times previously including a back-to-back-to-back occurrence in 2004 against the Mariners (Miguel Olivo/Jose Lopez/Hiram Bocachica). But there are some interesting notes about tonight’s dingers allowed by Greinke.
It was the 17th time that Greinke allowed multiple home runs in a game, but just the 4th time he’s done so in his 73 starts at Kauffman Stadium. In fact, Greinke had gone 36 straight starts in Kauffman since he last allowed more than one in a game. It was the longest such streak by a Royals starter since Mark Gubicza went 48 straight starts from 1990 to 1995.
Perhaps the most interesting nugget off the back-to-back shots, however, comes from Stats and Info’s Doug Kern who points out that both home runs came off Greinke’s curveball. Last season, only three players had homered off Greinke’s curve – Gordon Beckham, Marlon Byrd and Adam Jones.
While the low home run total off the curve is impressive, perhaps it's nothing more than dumb luck. Over the past three seasons opponents are hitting .276 off Greinke’s curve with an OPS of .714. Both those numbers are well above the league average of .222 and .601.