Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie is on a phenomenal stretch of starts in which he cannot be denied. Guthrie is one of the best pitchers in one of the most talented starting rotations in the American League. If it did not seem as if it could get any better, he has now etched his name in the Royals franchise record books.
With 16 straight starts without a loss, Guthrie tied the franchise record posted by Half of Famer Paul Splittorff from the middle of August during the 1977 season to the end of April in 1978. To have his name mentioned in the same breath as Splittorff is great, but Guthrie would like to do one better and set his name apart by breaking the record.
The 34-year-old is 7-0 with a 2.44 earned run average during the streak. More importantly, the Royals have been victorious 14 out of the 16 times Guthrie has taken the mound. The fact that Kansas City believes they have a realistic chance of winning the ball game every time Guthrie starts is something that not every starting pitcher commands over his teammates.
“Ultimately it means a lot because it means that hopefully the guys behind me, when I go out, are confident they have a chance to win the game,” Guthrie told Royals.com.
The nine-year veteran is 3-0 with a 3.06 ERA, 24 strikeouts and a .252 opponent batting average in five starts in 2013. He is also on pace to record career highs in strikeouts per nine innings (6.66) and strikeouts per walks (2.71).