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So, Jeremy Guthrie was July’s top pitching acquisition

Aug 14, 2012, 11:27 PM EDT

Jeremy Guthrie AP

So far among AL starters anyway.

Jeremy Guthrie couldn’t solve Coors Field, but he appears to have found his comfort zone in Kansas City. The veteran right-hander backed up his eight shutout-inning performance against the White Sox last week with seven more scoreless innings Tuesday in a victory over the A’s.

Guthrie allowed just three hits and struck out eight tonight. He lost his first three starts as a member of the Royals, but he’s now sporting a 4.02 ERA and a 26/7 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings for the club. That puts him ahead of July’s more hyped American League pitching imports:

Zack Greinke (LAA) – 1-1 with a 5.54 ERA in four starts
Ryan Dempster (Tex) – 1-1 with an 8.31 ERA in three starts
Francisco Liriano (ChW) – 0-0 with a 5.65 ERA in three starts
Anibal Sanchez (Det) – 1-3 with a 7.97 ERA in four starts

And all Guthrie cost the Royals was a soon-to-be released Jonathan Sanchez.

Given that Guthrie is eligible for free agency at season’s end, one wonders if the Royals will try offering him an extension before much longer. He was perfectly solid for the Orioles before washing out in Coors Field, so it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to offer him $12 million for two years and see if he bites.

  1. jea1978 - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    What’s with the post about Jeremy Guthrie being accompanied by a picture of not Jeremy Guthrie?

    • dondada10 - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      Think that’s Will Smith.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:46 PM

      Didn’t even register. The pic I wanted to use was unavailable, and I grabbed that one instead. It’s fixed now.

  2. canoyoulie - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    surely you aren’t THAT clueless are you?!?!? lol. jeremy guthrie … righthander. will smith, #53, lefthander. :)

  3. panktics - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Doesnt matter he’s on the royals
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    • canoyoulie - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:46 AM

      who would want to check out something called panktics? not too inspiring, doesn’t make me want to rush out there and check it out.

    • baseballisboring - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:22 AM

      With biting analysis like “Doesn’t matter he’s on the Royals”…I’ll have to add your standard wordpress account to my bookmarks!

  4. baseballisboring - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    What a death trap Coors Field is. He goes from being a decent starter in the toughest division in the game (he had to face Boston, NY AND Tampa) to an awful starter in probably the weakest offensive division in the game (Dodgers, Giants, Padres….wow). Then comes back and is (through 31 innings anyway) a perfectly decent starter in the tougher league again. Not that ALL of that can be blamed on Coors Field, but uhh…I definitely understand why pitchers don’t sign there.

  5. bmorelikeme - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Coors was a terrible fit for him. He’s a solid flyball pitcher and playing at Coors on the regular exaggerated his tendencie to give up the long ball.

    Really glad hes found some success in KC, he’s a really standup guy and was one of the few brightspots in Bmore during his time here.

  6. gogigantos - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Could the KC’s keep this guy, please?! I root for them to be better and I really think this guy could help them A LOT in the next year and three.

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