Trey Hillman Media Session: Greinke's Cy chances, Wakefield's knuckleball
Cy Young Support
Manager Trey Hillman was asked about his stance on the possibility of his ace (Zack Greinke) receiving the Cy Young award in the American League this season. “I am a little prejudiced here, but I have not seen anyone this season pitch as well as Zack has. I by no means have seen every contender for the award pitch this season, but what Zack has done this year is incredible. Both mentally and physically, I think he has separated himself from every other pitcher in the league. As every start nears, I look forward to the opportunity he has to garner more acclaim and make more believers out of people. I hope his lack of run support does not diminish his chances of winning, this is an individual award, and he should not have to suffer because of our lack of run production.”
So what do you do when Tim Wakefield comes to town to face your team? “It isn’t easy man, when a knuckleball pitcher is on it is extremely difficult to manufacture runs. You do the best you can, taking an attack approach while simultaneously trying for a middle of the field approach. It’s tough because there has to be some sort of batting adjustment, meaning you will have to compromise your stance a little. Most players are unwilling or not comfortable with that so the advantage goes to the pitcher, he already has you off balance. When the ball is moving all over the place, fluttering, and sinking like a rock, you just hope for the best,” said Hillman.