Tag:Jeremy Guthrie
Posted on: March 24, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Correia, Guthrie named opening day starters

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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Posted on: October 11, 2010 11:12 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:51 am
 

R.I.P. Orioles: Three managers, almost 100 losses

RIP As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Next up: The only AL East team to finish under .500 in the Baltimore Orioles.

The Orioles were a team with a budding youth movement at the end of 2009 with enough solid young players that it was thought 2010 could be the first step towards an eventual return to the top of the AL East.

Instead, the team cycled through three managers and a host of disappointing seasons from crucial players en route to the same old, same old.

WHAT WENT WRONG

In the offseason, the O's made three moves geared toward addressing the team's perceived weaknesses amid a push for .500. Those were bringing in Garrett Atkins, Miguel Tejada and Kevin Millwood.

Atkins couldn't hit his way out of a brown paper bag before being released, Tejada played poorly in his first season as a third baseman and increasingly appeared disinterested before being traded to the Padres and Kevin Millwood ran up a 4-16 record and 5.10 ERA in 31 starts.

In addition, center fielder Adam Jones regressed, left fielder Nolan Reimold was sent to Triple-A, second baseman Brian Roberts struggled with back problems, limited to just 59 games and Nick Markakis' 12 home runs were a massive disappointment. Mega-prospect Matt Wieters' pedestrian season proved that you can't always depend on minor-league numbers to tell the whole story. (Wieters still figures to develop into one of the league's best backstops.)

And if someone can tell me why the O's didn't trade Ty Wigginton when he was very much in demand and a free agent likely to depart, please call me. Because that was one of the dumber decisions at the trade deadline made by any team, with only the Nats' decision to hang onto Adam Dunn perhaps worse.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Brian Matusz Brian Matusz (pictured, right) shook off a slow start and ended the year with a 4.30 ERA, impressive for a rookie in the AL East. The lefty should eventually develop into Baltimore's ace. He was joined by Jeremy Guthrie, who shook off a poor 2009 to return to his usual season of around 200 innings (209 1/3) and an ERA just under 4.00 (3.83).

On offense, Felix Pie established himself as the left-fielder of the future after questions surrounding his commitment and talent. Pie was injured for a major part of the year, and nomad Corey Patterson -- himself an ex-Cub top prospect -- filled in admirably for Pie.

Luke Scott powered his way to a .902 OPS and career-best 27 blasts, hitting .284/.368/.535 in 447 plate appearances, as Scott has established himself as a solid power-hitter in the middle of the Orioles' lineup. On a contending team, he would likely bat fifth and at 32, his value is running out. His age is not a concern thanks to having two more years of arbitration that other teams would covet. However, Scott will only get older and only get closer to free agency, so the O's should capitalize on Scott's best full-time year and deal him.

HELP ON THE WAY

The Orioles debuted Jake Arrieta and brought Chris Tillman up for another shot at the rotation, giving the O's three nice arms with Matusz that will eventually be the foundation of the team. Tillman is still struggling to adapt to the majors but has plenty of time to figure out while Arrieta has a 2011 rotation spot locked up.

Zach Britton skyrocketed up the prospect rankings all season and should debut in 2011, eventually pairing with Guthrie, Matusz, Arrieta and Tillman to give the Orioles its best pitching staff since its mid-90s halcyon days and its best shot to take down the Yankees, Rays, Red Sox and Jays. Offensively, the club drafted shortstop Manny Machado in June, who will appear on many Top-100 prospect lists this winter.

Josh Bell didn't find the bigs to his liking in his major-league debut, compiling a .214/.224/.302 line but represents the O's best hope for developing a power hitter and will get every chance. Brandon Snyder will also get every chance to become Baltimore's long-term first baseman, but a poor 2010 calls into question how ready he is currently.

EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

Buck Showalter The Orioles ran through Dave Trembley and Juan Samuel heading up the clubhouse before settling on Buck Showalter (pictured, right). The longtime skipper posted a 34-23 record in town, giving many hope. While Showalter will combine with many budding, talented youngsters to give forth a strong effort, the team is simply not ready for prime time.

Shooting for .500 is a realistic goal, but the team may have to temper expectations given the mighty behemoth that is the AL East. Finishing with 88 losses could be as good as finishing .500 in any other division.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The Orioles need to be focused on one thing and one thing only: surrounding the team with enough talent to compete. With enough money to make a play for a big free agent, the O's could strike big, but need to make these smaller strikes count as well.

The Orioles could make a play for Jayson Werth or Carl Crawford and sell them on having enough talent coming up to make a push. The dollars and sense won't likely work out, however, so the O's will have to go second-tier shopping. Taking a flyer on Jeremy Bonderman, still under age 30 and with plenty of talent, could work out in spades for the O's.  Jorge De La Rosa would be a safer get, but also come at a higher price.

On offense, the team could target someone like Carlos Pena or Derrek Lee, amongst a host of others, to come in to act as a veteran presence and occupy first base long enough for Snyder to develop. The Orioles could also strike to acquire Prince Fielder, giving the team a cornerstone power bat to build around for the foreseeable future. Baltimore would also be able to flash enough money to potentially keep the slugger in town beyond 2011.

2011 PREDICTION

The Orioles will take baby steps toward contention. The offense is major-league ready enough, but the pitching is lagging behind and needs at least a year -- if not two -- to settle down. Baltimore's task is to get its young hitters focused in the meantime while cashing in on chips like Luke Scott and Jeremy Guthrie. The Orioles will likely sniff 90 losses but could be primed for a breakout in 2012.

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-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 19, 2010 1:58 pm
 

Guthrie dismisses Girardi's complaints

Jeremy Guthrie Jeremy Guthrie knows just how many batters he's hit this season -- and where he lies in the standings for that stat.

After Guthrie hit Derek Jeter to start Saturday's Orioles loss to the Yankees on the first pitch (and really hit him -- as in the ball actually hit part of Jeter), New York manager Joe Griardi starting whining about how many times Guthrie has hit Yankees.

"Too man, just too many," Girardi told reporters following the game. "I don't really understand it. I know he likes to pitch inside. But it's just too many. That doesn't include the ones in spring training. It's too many."

Guthrie has hit 14 batters this season and 37 in his career -- 10 of those have been Yankees, plus two more during the spring this season. The only American League pitcher with more hit batters this season is a Yankee, A.J. Burnett. That didn't escape Guthrie's attention.

"He understands that he has a great pitcher over there in A.J. that has hit more guys than I have," Guthrie told the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec . "I watch and appreciate the aggressive nature that A.J. takes in throwing to both sides of the plate and I think I'm a similar pitchers. One of the occupational hazards when you do that is you are occasionally going to hit some guys, but you can't let that affect what you do. Hitting guys intentionally is something totally different, but pitching inside has to be part of what I do to be effective."

For the record, not even Jeter felt Guthrie intentionally hit him. Maybe Girardi is just learning from the Tony La Russa book of mountain-making out of molehills.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:46 pm
 

O's nearly finished with waiver process

Don't look for the Orioles to trade off any of their veteran players, the Baltimore Sun reports .

Citing a source, the newspaper says the team is almost done with the waivers process:According to a team source, it’s looking unlikely that they’ll make any trades. A couple of their more movable commodities, including Luke Scott, were claimed and have since been pulled off waivers. It’s still not impossible that they’ll do something minor by the end of the month, but it looks like the guys that have been talked about the most – Scott, Ty Wigginton, Jeremy Guthrie – will finish the season as Orioles. Wigginton, a popular name leading up the non-waiver trade deadline, is the only one of the three that may have really had an impact on a race. Several teams, including the Braves and Cardinals, could use a third baseman, but it's unlikely Wigginton would get to them on waivers.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 11:55 am
Edited on: August 13, 2010 12:35 pm
 

Orioles may move to six-man rotation

Kevin Millwood The Orioles may move to a six-man rotation in September, reports the Baltimore Sun .

Baltimore, suddenly surging under new manager Buck Showalter, has several young pitchers in the minors that need to be evaluated for 2011. Those include Zach Britton, Chris Tillman and recent Marlins import Rick VandenHurk. One possible answer is a six-man rotation.

"It’s something that we have kicked around a little bit depending on what the needs of the guys are,” Showalter said. “I don’t think we’re at that point. We’ll try to let them finish off the year and when we get to September, we’ll see what’s best for everybody.”

However, as Jeff Zrebiec says, veteran pitchers Kevin Millwood (pictured) and Jeremy Guthrie want to pitch on schedule. Moving to a six-man rotation would upset them. Further complicating things is the fact that the O's have an off-day every week for the next five weeks, reducing the need for a six-man rotation and even a five-man.

There remains room to incorporate Tillman, Britton and VandenHurk, though. For one, the team could shut down Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta, two young pitchers who are creeping up on pitching more innings than they should. Britton is in a similar position, so he may not even be a consideration. That leaves Tillman, who definitely needs some additional starts in the majors to prepare for a potential ascension in 2011. VandenHurk, as noted previously, is a newcomer to the organization. Evaluation at a major-league level would give the Orioles a far better understanding what he can do for the squad in 2011.

The Orioles are going nowhere, so their main focus shouldn't be on Millwood or Guthrie. For one, Millwood is an impending free agent while Guthrie doesn't have the cachet to demand taking the ball every fifth day. Baltimore needs to build for the future -- and the future includes a bevy of young starters who deserve looks in the majors.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 9:55 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:57 am
 

Cardinals not optimistic they can get Oswalt


Roy Oswalt If you take most trade market musings from general managers with a grain of salt, this week keep a salt lick ready, because there's more bluffing this week than ever.

In that vein, here's a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 's Joe Strauss that says the Cardinals are bowing out of the Roy Oswalt sweepstakes.

"At this point, it's entirely possible that there may not be a deal out there," Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said. "We're continuing to explore avenues, but as we speak I can't say I'm encouraged."

What may have been left out is Mozeliak starting that sentence with "awww shucks" while pawing at the ground with his foot, before finishing it by pushing up his hat and adding another offer.

As it stands, Mozeliak would be more encouraged if the Astros had any interest in taking Brendan Ryan off his hands in return for Oswalt, but for now, the Astros seem to think they can get more than a nice hosiery model for the three-time All-Star.

Oswalt, for his part, reportedly wants to be a Cardinal and the Cardinals want him. He'd certainly be better than Jeff Suppan or the wildly inconsistent Kyle Lohse. The Cardinals may believe Lohse is just as good of a gamble as any of the other starters on the market, such as Jake Westbrook, Ted Lilly or Jeremy Guthrie.

Lohse is scheduled to pitch tonight at Triple-A Memphis and hopes to join the team next month. Brad Penny, on the other hand, may not be able to return this season, Mozeliak said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:49 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 7:35 pm
 

Mets have eye on Guthrie

Jeremy Guthrie The Mets are on the hunt for a starting pitcher. They weren't willing to pay the cost to acquire Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt seems like a mirage to the Mets.

As a result, the team is turning to the next tier of starting pitchers. While Jake Westbrook has been connected as a possibility to the Mets for months, there's zero indication that New York has interest. For a while, a Ted Lilly-Mets marriage seemed all but certain, but no longer.

AOL Fanhouse's Ed Price says that the Mets aren't sold on Lilly being an upgrade over Hisanori Takahashi and thus have turned their attention elsewhere -- from Chicago to Baltimore.

The Mets scouted Jeremy Guthrie's last start and may be considering making a play.

Guthrie, 31, has a 4.58 ERA in 118 innings over 19 starts for the Orioles and dazzled in Saturday's start despite ending up with a 3-2 loss. The righty held Toronto's homeriffic offense in check, walking one and whiffing six over 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one run and seven hits.

The question begs, however, why the Mets are interested in Guthrie but not Westbrook. Westbrook, just a year older, has a 4.67 ERA in 19 starts as well and is on a team that would love to ship him out and get quality building blocks for the future. Even xFIP suggests Westbrook is the better get: His 4.35 mark far outpaces Guthrie's 5.10. Guthrie has been rather lucky on BABIP so far on the year although one thing he has going for him is that his 1.22 home runs per nine innings would be suppressed in Citi Field, balancing any possible regression in BABIP.

The two are remarkably similar pitchers, with similar strikeouts and walks per nine inning and also with a similar reportoire -- although Guthrie doesn't have a cutter and uses his slider more liberally as a result. He also has a few extra ticks of velocity on his fastball, which the Mets may feel will play better in the NL.

In addition, Guthrie is just two years removed from a two-year stretch of being a quality workhorse. From 2007-08, he combined for a 3.66 ERA in 366 innings, starting 56 games and relieving in six. In addition, scouts feel that Guthrie can be better than he is, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

“He should be better than he is." a scout told Rosenthal. "He used to have a plus curveball. Now he hardly throws it. He’s not big [6-1]. He’s a fastball-slider guy with no depth or downward movement. Everything is hard. Everything is on the same plane. He needs the curveball.”

Guthrie's curveball usage has sank from an offering used roughly 12 percent of the time in his early career to a career-low of 2.3 percent in 2010. That's not going to fly, but the fix could be as simple as being told to throw it more.

And don't forget contract status -- that's a biggie.

The Mets maxed out with a payroll almost at $150 million in 2009 and began opening day with a $126.5 million payroll. The team has some flexibility to add, but not all that much, especially as the Metropolitans already have $108 million committed to next year's roster.

Westbrook is finishing up a three-year deal that pays him $11 million, and is then an unrestricted free agent. Guthrie is making just $3 million and has two more years of arbitration control, which is a biggie.

Add it all up, and Guthrie looks to be more valuable than Westbrook -- someone with potential to be better than he is currently instead of being who he is (ala Westbrook) and who has two more years of team control.

The only question left is if the Mets want Guthrie enough to pry him from Baltimore.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 10:13 am
Edited on: June 9, 2010 10:16 am
 

Arrieta could debut for Orioles


Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun is hearing that right-hander Jake Arrieta is likely to make his major league debut on Thursday against the Yankees. Jeremy Guthrie is currently listed as the starter for that game, but could be pushed back a day with Brian Matusz going Saturday. The Orioles currently have no starter listed for Saturday after announcing that Brad Bergesen was being banished to the bullpen.

Arrieta, 25, is 6-2 with a 1.85 ERA this season for Triple-A Norfolk.

-- David Andriesen




 
 
 
 
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