Jeremy Guthrie has been on quite a roll recently. After his short shutout against the Rangers yesterday (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K), Guthrie has a 1.33 ERA in his last four starts with a 15 to 4 strike-out to walk ratio in 27 IP. He’s 3-1 in those starts, picking up the W yesterday as the O’s put 7 runs on the board. Ty Wigginton went 3-4 with two doubles, Brian Roberts had two hits and a pair of RBI, Chad Moeller doubled in a pair and had two hits overall, and Jeff Fiorentino (Screech) – making his first start of the year for the O’s despite their being a lefty on the mound, playing LF with Nolan Reimold DH’ing – went 2-3 with a walks, 2 runs, and 2 RBI. Guthrie was really on his game though, getting 12 groundballs to only 4 flyballs. That’s the kind of thing that will make him effective in the long run.
This pitch/fx data (courtesy of Brooks Baseball) is certainly interesting. It has Guthrie throwing a fair number of cutters – fastballs that had positive horizontal movement, indicating that they moved away from right-handed batters instead of in on them. He threw the heater a lot too, occasionally showing the slider and mixing in just four change-ups. [It may be the case that the data is off, with all of the pitches being moved a couple inches to the right. Mentally moving everything on the chart slightly to the left might be more indicative of the actual movement of Guthrie's pitches yesterday, and I think it would be closer to his usual abilities.] In any case, Jeremy has certainly turned his season around lately. It may be a little late, but hopefully it’ll carry through to 2010.