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3. Jeremy Guthrie
It was a tale of two outings for Jeremy Guthrie this week. He had a solid outing yesterday against Oakland, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk in the Kansas City Royals victory. However, in his previous start against the Mariners, Guthrie was rocked for six runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings of work.
Overall for the week, Guthrie posted a 6.23 ERA and a 1.727 WHiP between both outings. Obviously, the sheer numbers do not truly tell the tale, as Guthrie’s outings were so different, but such is the life of a fifth starter.
This has essentially been how Guthrie has performed all season. He will string together a few solid outings, then get shelled before getting back on track. Of course, his performance has been much better than the rough start that he had back in April, as Guthrie was 2-2 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.324 WHiP during the month of June. Those are certainly excellent numbers for a fifth starter.
We all know what Jeremy Guthrie is at this point, and he has been a solid member of the Kansas City Royals rotation for the past three years. Chances are, he will continue to be a solid arm in the back of the rotation for the rest of the year, aside from the occasional bump in the road.
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