Kansas City Royals Week Five Review: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

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2. Jeremy Guthrie

Just when we thought we were out, Guthrie pulls us back in. The Royals Rasputin, the pitcher that seemingly exists on the edge of being yanked from the rotation, did it once again last week, putting together an excellent performance right when it was most needed.

Having lost their first game against the Detroit Tigers, Guthrie put the Kansas City Royals on his back on Saturday, keeping the Tigers hitters off balance for most of the game. In his 7.1 innings, Guthrie allowed only two runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out three. This was the type of start that the Royals and Guthrie desperately needed.

Even more importantly, this start was able to save the Royals bullpen. The bullpen, as deep as it is, has been quite overworked during the early part of the year, as the Royals starters just have not pitched deep into games. Guthrie having the type of performance that we had hoped for, was a major boost for the relief corp.

Granted a reprieve due to Jason Vargas’ injury, Jeremy Guthrie took advantage, posting his best start of the season. It may be that the Real J Guts is back.

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