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.