Jeremy Guthrie, dominating. Photo Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Jeremy Guthrie Deals, Inspires Fact-Finding

When last we saw Jeremy Guthrie, he was shutting down the White Sox for eight innings, holding them scoreless, striking out six and walking none. Tonight, he kept it rolling, throwing seven shutout innings against Oakland and striking out eight batters. He walked two but gave up only three hits to get the 5-0 win.

That means that in his last three starts, Guthrie has gone 21 innings, given up just three earned runs and allowed only 18 baserunners while striking out 18.

Not bad for a guy the Royals got for Jonathan Sanchez.

Some fun facts about the game:

  • Guthrie has thrown 15 straight shutout innings for the Royals. Sanchez has thrown 11.1 innings total for the Rockies in three starts.
  • All eight of Guthrie’s strikeouts tonight came on a swing and a miss.
  • After two rough starts as a Royal, Guthrie’s ERA has went from 6.68 to 5.75. He has a 4.02 ERA as a Royal. If you could cherry-pick a couple of innings out of those starts (like the third inning against the Twins and first two against the Mariners – and no, of course you can’t, but let’s dream a little), he could have a 1.58 ERA. I know, I know. That’s cheating.
  • Tim Collins struck out the side in the eighth inning. He leads the team in relief appearances with three strikeouts or more with eight now.
  • Collins also set a new team record for strikeouts in a season by a left-handed reliever with 77.
  • David Holtzman from the Royals pointed out that Collins (5’7″), the shortest pitcher in team history, broke a record set by Andrew Sisco (6’10″) in 2005.
  • The Royals pitchers struck out 12 batters, the third time they’ve done so in a nine inning game this season.It’s the ninth time they’d struck out 12 overall.
  • By shutting out the A’s tonight, the Royals have more team shutouts (9) than the Washington Nationals (7) who lead the majors in team ERA.
  • The Royals team ERA was 25th in the league coming into the night.
  • Tonight’s was the fourth shutout thrown by the Royals against the A’s.
  • The only wins the Royals have against the A’s have been those shutouts. The Royals haven’t won in the three games in which the A’s have scored against them.

What do these facts mean? Not a lot, but Guthrie has been a welcomed addition to the team, especially considering how bad Sanchez was and that the Royals were ready to dump him for nothing in return. Tim Collins has been a solid piece in the bullpen.

Also it’s fun to get a win behind very good pitching. It’s been too rare this season.


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  • jim fetterolf

    Is it too early to start discussions and predictions about extending Guthrie? He was hurt early in the year, so that could explain his early season troubles. I think he’s making $8.2 mil this year and is an FA next year.

    • ArrowFan

      Why let him go?

    • Eric Akers

      I would extend him for at least one year for sure, but I am sure he would require more than that for an extension. Is he a guy we could go 2 years or more on? We surely need stating pitching depth. I think it probably isn’t a stretch to say he would be good enough to be a starter on this team for two more years, maybe three. But that is without knowing what we will do this offseason, or whether any of our starters in the minors start producing.

      We have a lot of unknowns in the minors: Montgomery, Dwyer, Lamb, and Zimmer. Crow could be moved to the rotation. And we should pick up at least on FA starter. Given all the unknowns, I think Guthrie is probably worth the risk of 2 to 3 years.

      • Michael Engel

        I would do one year, reasonable base, incentives, and put in an option. He’s 33 and while I like him, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him completely fall off like Bruce Chen has recently. His stuff has looked great the last three starts though and I’d be fine with him back – but not if it’s at the expense of going after other options who are younger, better, and offer better upside.

        As the #3 guy, sure, he’s pretty good for that.

        • jim fetterolf

          I like one year but wouldn’t have a nervous breakdown over two. He’s about that $8-$10mil #2/3 guy we’ll need even if we spend $25 mil on a couple of of other FA’s. Give him another couple of starts and think about a number. He has a good history of making starts and eating innings and, apparently, still has some stuff. Given his age, though, he may be after a longer deal than the Royals can justify.

    • Michael Engel

      Yeah the brief fluke shoulder injury and Coors Field did him no favors. He likes KC, they seem to like him. Heck, he’s a good guy from what I can tell, and that seems to count for Dayton and Co. too. Pretty sure he’ll be return next year.