Sep 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (11) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Guthrie and Finding Satisfaction

Aug 10, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (11) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The definition of the word ‘satisfied’ is either contented or pleased. Usually, this word is used when something positive occurred, as in a satisfied customer or to be satisfied with a performance. When Jeremy Guthrie says that he is satisfied with his performance, when one looks at the statistics, then the word seemingly does not mean what he thinks it means.

Yes, it is Spring Training, and pitchers are working on different things. Statistics can only tell a part of the story. If a pitcher is working on keeping the ball down in the zone and manages to accomplish that more often than not, they would be satisfied. As Guthrie stated that he felt he got his arm strength to where he wanted it to be and was able to make a few pitches, he feels that he has done what he set out to accomplish.

“I feel like I’ve gotten the arm strength up and that I’ve been able to execute some pitches, so hopefully I’ll be able to do more of those consistently and start off the season well,” Guthrie said.

Jeremy Guthrie is certainly going to need to execute more consistently in the regular season. During Spring Training, he has put together a 7.04 ERA and a 1.696 WHiP, hardly numbers that inspire any confidence. As Guthrie is not the type of pitcher that will miss many bats, and is going to need to rely upon keeping the ball in the yard to perform well. Even though there is a big difference between Arizona, where the ball tends to travel, and Kauffman Stadium, the three home runs that Guthrie has given up in his 15.1 innings are not a good sign.

Perhaps Guthrie is just working through the rust and will be fine once the regular season rolls around. After all, as an extreme fly ball pitcher, his numbers are likely to be skewed pitching in the launching pads of the Cactus League. Yet, these outings may not matter, at least as long as Guthrie has his arm where he wants it to be. Since his velocity is up from this point last year, that could actually be the case.

Even though it may not appear to be the case looking at the statistics, Jeremy Guthrie may be right when he says that he is satisfied with his spring. We will certainly find out shortly.

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  • jimfetterolf

    Shields and Chen got blown up too. Both of them also mainly threw fastballs, more concerned with getting their pitch count than anything. Kept the defense busy, another good thing. For old guys ST is just about building endurance, as they already know how to pitch.

  • Tyler_KC_Fan

    I’m not concered at all with Guthrie. Spring Training doesn’t tell us very much about SP when the pitcher has a spot in the rotation. As Jim said and you said, they are working on specific pitches and location most of the time. If Spring Training was an indicator for players and how they will play in the regular season, Moose would be batting .33o, Michael Brantly in CLE is batting .500 and Shields would have one of his worst years in years.

    Guthrie has been consistent for KC and will be a solid #4 (because he is more than solid at #3 in the rotation as well).

    • Dave Hill

      Guthrie is just the starter I’m most concerned with for some reason. I have a lot more confidence in Chen, as strange as that may seem.

      • Tyler_KC_Fan

        I mean, Chen did have a fantastic second half so I can see why people would like him. Chen also got rocked though during Spring Training though. The thing with Chen though is I still think of him as a swingman. I think after some work with Duffy against some big league arms coming from the bullpen, if he can get his command down, will swap with Chen at the ASB. Duffy didn’t show his best stuff this Spring Training which does lead to some concerns about Duffy, but I still have some hope that he will become a full time starter within the year.

        • Dave Hill

          It actually wouldn’t surprise me if both were removed from the rotation at some point. Duffy should be back at some point, and I think Zimmer gets a look after the All-Star Break if he’s mowing people down in the minors.

          • Tyler_KC_Fan

            The only reason I have a hard time seeing Zimmer getting called up is he hasn’t thrown a baseball since mid second half last year. After Zimmer went off they have been taking it very slow with him coming back. I know Yost and the organization are optimistic about him being called up at the ASB or mid second half, but that’s a long time to not be throwing to then be brought up to the big league. I think Zimmer would be a solid pitcher next year and hopefully a starter next year, but I just have a hard time believing Zimmer will be a starter in the bigs this year.

  • moretrouble

    Dave, Guthrie is a veteran; he knows his game. The vets approach ST differently than young guys trying to make the club. I’m not worried about any of the four veteran starters.

    Among my concerns for KC’s club is who will step into Hoch’s role as set-up guy? If Infante can’t keep himself healthy, how much will their offense improve? Will Cain play an entire season? Does the front office actually believe they can cover a middle IF spot with a 3B man? Most of all, what happens if this club gets off to a slow start — another collapse like last May?

    • Tyler_KC_Fan

      They have already said that Davis will take Hoch’s spot as a long reliever, which is more in his confort zone based off of his stent with Tampa. I like Davis as a LR more than a starter and I think he will do as well if not better.

      Infante is a concern, but we do have Valencia who is a solid IF, Colon is a phone call away, Ciriaco may be able to help till Infante is healthy and Moose was originally a midde IF. Moose is a great defensive talent. If Cain doesn’t stay healthy all year we have Dyson and Maxwell who are great replacements. Both could be starters with another franchise so we should be thrilled to have them as backups. And every team has slumps. Every team has rough patches. But the thing to remember is when we had our collapse in May, Mendoza was falling, Davis was showing he wasn’t a starter, Salvy had a leave of absence because of a family death, we didn’t have a legitimate lead off hitter, we had Frenchy and Getz/Johnson in RF and 2B. Needless to say, we had nothing going in our favor. Now we have holes filled and we have the players to keep us from having a terrible may like last year.

      • moretrouble

        You should write for the Royals’ PR department. You’re better than they are.

        • Tyler_KC_Fan

          Haha as much as a appreciate the compliment, I’m just another obsessive fan that loves looking up articles and stats. Thanks though!