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Denver columnist accuses Jeremy Guthrie of quitting in Colorado

Let the airing of grievances begin!

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Jeremy Guthrie was not good in his brief stint in Colorado, that much is clear. Guthrie was dealt to the Rockies before the 2012 season and he stunk out loud in the thin air of Coors Field with a 6.35 ERA in 90 2/3 innings. Guthrie pitched adequately on the road, however, with a 3.67 ERA in 49 innings. The Royals were able to acquire him mid-season for a stinker of their own - left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, and the rest is history. Guthrie pitched well down the stretch for the Royals and re-signed with a three-year contract extension that led to him pitching Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.

For whatever reason, Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla, who wisely suggested the Chiefs should quit football after their early season loss to the Broncos this season, decided to use the last day of 2015 to re-open old wounds.

Guthrie tried to take the high road.

Kiszla got saltier.

Then he accuses Guthrie of going "nuts" in Colorado.

Then he flat accuses Guthrie of quitting.

Guthrie defended himself.

There is no doubt Guthrie pitched very poorly in his nine games in Coors Field while in a Rockies uniform (46 runs in 41 2/3 innings - oof). But his road numbers were decent, which makes it hard to believe he "quit." In any case, it seems odd to accuse an athlete of who last pitched in town three years ago and has gone on to win two pennants and a championship, of quitting.

But I guess it beats writing about the collapse of their football team.