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Jeremy Guthrie likes to hit the Yankees

Apr 29, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

Jeremy Guthrie.jpgJorge Posada was plunked in the knee with a Jeremy Guthrie pitch in the second inning of yesterday’s Yankees-O’s game and is likely to miss today’s game due to what’s being called a contusion (“bruise” is much too pedestrian a word to use for one of the Core Four).

Joe Girardi didn’t like it:

“I don’t think he’s doing it on purpose, but he hits a lot of people. That’s frustrating for us. We know he’s going to pitch
inside and I don’t have a problem with that. What do you expect, me to
be happy that our guys are getting plunked? I’m frustrated by it. I wish
he had better command in there.”

The thing about it is that Guthrie doesn’t necessarily hit a lot of guys. Just a lot of Yankees. He plunked nine dudes last year, which didn’t approach the top of the league (that honor went to Girardi’s man, Joba Chamberlain), but five of them were Yankees.  Three of his seven HBPs in 2008 were Yankees, two of which he nailed in one game.

In fact, of his 19 career HBPs, nine have come against the Yankees, and no more than three have come against any other team. In light of that, one gets the sense that Guthrie — who is prone to the gopher ball — is making a special effort to keep the Bombers from hitting bombs.

If so, maybe he wants to try something else, because he’s given up more homers to the Yankees than any other team he’s faced as well.

  1. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Apr 29, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    …who is prone to the gopher ball — is making a special effort to keep the Bombers from hitting bombs.
    If so, maybe he wants to try something else, because he’s given up more homers to the Yankees than any other team he’s faced as well.

    You mean like this:
    Pepper Leach: You want me to go get him?
    Lou Brown: No, keep him in. Let’s see how he reacts.
    Lou Brown: [Vaughn hits the next batter] Interesting.

  2. Eli - Apr 29, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    How many Yankees do you think he’d hit if he had to come to the plate against CC/Joba every once in a while?

  3. Andy Veit - Apr 29, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Maybe the cause-and-effect goes the other direction: Yankee home runs cause HBPs, and the reason he hasn’t beaned other teams as much is because they don’t hit as many home runs off him.

  4. Jeff V. - Apr 29, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    It could also be that, you know, Guthrie pitches against the Yankees a lot, both being AL East teams. He also tends to throw more pitches per inning against the Yankees then most teams. Guthrie tends to struggle a lot against the Yankees, that could very easily cause him to overthrow, lessening his command.
    Sorry Craig I just don’t see a devout Mormon hitting folks on purpose out of frustration.
    I would want to see some quotes from him, or the Yankees, or anyone else really saying that they think the man is doing it intentionally before making charges of this ilk.

  5. GimmeSomeSteel - Apr 29, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Another “this wouldn’t be an issue if it weren’t the holy Yankees” tidbit.

  6. pisano - Apr 29, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    That makes them even , because they hit him like a red headed step child .

  7. excatcher - Apr 29, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    The Red Sox have hit the same number of HR off of him (14) in the same number of games, so obviously he should focus on hitting more Red Sox.

  8. Bi*ch Puddin' - Apr 29, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    It’s all fine in my book. A-Rod deserves a lifetime of avoiding chin music with the antics that he’s pulled over the years. Somehow he never gets it.
    In the old days, he’d be dusting himself off several times a game, let alone an at bat. Bob Gibson would have probably tried to crack his helmet. Ahh… I miss the good ‘ol days.
    If I was a pitcher, I’d just drill A-Rod the first time I faced him every season – preferably in the junk.

  9. Grant - Apr 29, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Do the Yankees get hit by a lot of pitches in general? Are a lot of their hitters plate-crowders? This information is relevant, I think.of

  10. M. DOT - Apr 30, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    lol, just because a dude is a mormon doesn’t mean he can’t have a mean streak. You don’t think there’s a Jew out there that laughs when his neighbor trips over his dog, or a Christian that doesn’t pay their taxes?
    The fact that the Yankees are who they are with the payroll they have, while he’s stuck in Orioles land…maybe plunkings are what he does to give himself the giggles.

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