What's Going on With Guthrie?
Jeremy Guthrie will be the Orioles' Opening Day starter on Monday but his performance this spring has been a cause for concern.
In his final spring training start yesterday against the Marlins, Guthrie got worked over to the tune of eight runs in four innings of work in a 12-2 drubbing by Florida.
Guthrie, who was the team's only effective starting pitcher last season, has been knocked around all spring. In two starts with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, Guthrie got torched for 10 runs in less than four total innings of work, giving him a 14.73 ERA. Guthrie's spring training ERA is lower, but not by much at 10.57.
And while Guthrie says he's healthy and is refusing to pin any of the blame on the WBC, the Orioles ace has seen a decrease in velocity, topping out around 91 mph this spring.
For his part, Jeremy Guthrie isn't concerned and says that he feels good and has just seen bad pitches (and some good ones) get hit.
"Execution-wise, I've actually been relatively pleased. I just can't seem to get any breaks," Guthrie said. "Some good pitches are getting hit [and] all the bad ones are being hit. If people want to be concerned, they can be. I personally don't get worried about it."
Though Guthrie admits to understanding how some might be concerned, don't count pitching coach Rick Kranitz among them:
"He feels ready. He's not concerned about it. I'm not concerned about it, either. We'll move on. His bullpen was great last time. I thought his velocity was very good. And I totally expect his bullpen to be good the day after tomorrow."
Okay, so Guthrie isn't worried and neither is Kranitz, but should they be?
Posted by: mkremnitzer0 | April 2, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.