Guthrie saves the bullpen

Denis Poroy

Just what the Royals needed to end another losing streak.

Coming into Tuesday's night game, the Royals bullpen was in despair. Not only had they coughed up not one, but two leads on Monday, they had thrown a lot of innings over the past few games. I remember doing my Detroit series preview and noting ahead of those games the Royals bullpen had thrown around 15 innings over the previous seven days. Going into the Monday, the bullpen had thrown 14 innings in the previous three.

They needed a starter to go deep into the game. They needed Jeremy Guthrie.

Guthrie turned in a performance of the highest quality on Tuesday. His command was spot-on and the BABIP Gods were smiling. It was what the Royals needed.

8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO

Guthrie threw 107 pitches, 70 of them for strikes. He served first pitch strikes to 16 of 29 batters. He opened with a 20 pitch first inning. Not exactly what the team was looking for when they need an extended start. But he was able to steady himself and go the eight innings. He never threw more than 18 pitches in an inning and needed only five to get through the third frame. For the most part, Guthrie worked the corners and kept the ball down in the zone. From Brooks Baseball:

Guthrie_command_56_large

Obviously, the quality of opposition is a help in situations like this. Let's give Guthrie credit for keeping the ball down in the zone, and tip our hats to the Padres for swinging - and putting in play - a handful of balls way out of the zone.

For his career, Guthrie gets a ground ball around 41 percent of the time. On Tuesday, 12 of the 18 balls the Padres put in play were grounders.

From the chart above, it's easy to spot the Yasmani Grandal home run. Look up. Here's a better representation.

Grandal_hr_medium

I wouldn't say this was Guthrie's only mistake of the night, but it was the only one where the Padres hitters swung the bat.

This provides a cleaner representation of the final pitch of each plate appearance.

Guthrie_inplay_56_large

Dare I say that was a veteran performance. Tasked with saving the bullpen, Guthrie gave the Royals eight innings and the chance to win the game. Not his problem the offense is so anemic, they could only muster a single run in regulation. (Although Guthrie didn't help his cause. He's no Yordano Ventura at the plate.) It doesn't always work that way, but when it does, it's fun to watch.

Alas, there would be no souvenirs for the upper deck in San Diego.

This will never get old.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Royals Review

You must be a member of Royals Review to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Royals Review. You should read them.

Join Royals Review

You must be a member of Royals Review to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Royals Review. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker