By Matt Snyder
For the third time in the past four years, Jeremy Guthrie will be the opening day starter for the Baltimore Orioles April 1 at Tampa Bay. Manager Buck Showalter noted the O's will break camp with just four starters. Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta will also be in the rotation, with either Brad Bergesen or Chris Tillman being the fourth starter. (MLB.com )
Guthrie, 31, had a 3.83 ERA and 1.16 WHIP last season in 209 1/3 innings of work. His 11-14 record wasn't great, but it was more indicative of playing for a team that lost 96 games than a measure of how he pitched -- one of the many reasons I hate judging pitchers on record.
The Pittsburgh Pirates also named an opening day starter. Kevin Correia will get the nod for the Bucs against the Cubs in Wrigley Field. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette )
Correia has been knocked around the park for most of the spring, currently sitting with a 6.38 spring ERA, having allowed 27 hits in 18 1/3 innings. Last season, for the Padres in spacious Petco Park, he had a 5.40 ERA and 1.49 WHIP. He did get one start in Wrigley Field last year, getting the win with six shutout innings -- so it's possible that played into the decision, though manager Clint Hurdle didn't mention it.
The rest of the Pirates' rotation was also revealed, with Paul Maholm the No. 2 -- and starter for the home opener -- and Ross Ohlendorf, Charlie Morton and James McDonald rounding things out.
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