Monday, July 20, 2015

Bryce Harper Not Impressed With This Greinke Guy

Clear out some space on the locker room bulletin board: Bryce Harper says Zack Greinke's shutdown performance Sunday was umpire-aided, and that Greinke isn't so tough:

Bryce Harper looked to let the air out of Zack Greinke's sails Sunday amid his historic run of scoreless innings, saying he wasn't as impressed as most due to the help the right-hander got from the plate umpire.

Harper, seemingly frustrated over Bill Miller's strike zone in the Washington Nationals' 5-0 loss to the streaking Greinke and Los Angeles Dodgers, asserted "when you're getting 6 inches off the plate, it's tough to face him."

"For me, I don't think he was very tough," Harper said, according to The Washington Post. "He's a great pitcher. He does what he does."

In doing what he does Sunday, Greinke held the Nationals to three hits in eight innings, struck out a season-high 11 and extended his scoreless innings streak to 43⅔. He also improved to 9-2 with an MLB-best 1.30 ERA.

His scoreless innings string is the longest in the majors since Orel Hershiser set the major league record of 59 shutout innings in 1988 with the Dodgers.

Harper later amended his comments, calling Greinke "a damn good pitcher."

Look, I know Harper isn't a big fan of the Dodgers, or more specifically, of Dodger Stadium (see below). But I want to be a fan of Harper. 0-for-2 with 2 Ks and a walk (against Greinke) isn't bad, Bryce! Can't you rise above this and just move on?