In the midst of a hot streak to start the season, Kansas City Royals SP Jeremy Guthrie showed his former team what he’s still capable of Thursday, holding the Baltimore Orioles to one earned run in six innings for his fifth win of the year.
Guthrie wasn’t extremely efficient in the start allowing seven hits and three walks, but allowing just two runs (one earned) was enough to improve his record to 5-0 and the Royals’ record to 18-13.
The 34-year-old starter was considered the No.1 starter for much of his five seasons with the Orioles, but was mediocre — yet consistent — overall during his time there. He started at least 30 games in all but one year but had an overall record of 47-65.
Before the start of last season, the O’s decided they would rather have Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom than Guthrie and shipped him to the Colorado Rockies. After pitching terribly there, the Rockies sent him to the Royals where he finished the year with a 3.16 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 14 starts.
Guthrie seems to have taken to Kansas City and is an important part of what has been an impressive rotation thus far. One point of concern is that April and May have traditionally been his best months throughout his career, while he tends to struggle in the summer months and has a career 4.85 ERA in June and July.