Guthrie is still pitching.
It appears as though the Royals care little about the Battle for Grass Creek.
With Chris Young having pitched significantly better than Guthrie ALL YEAR LONG but presumably approaching another performance bonus threshold with 112 innings pitched, Ned Yost and the Royals hand the ball to Jeremy Guthrie, a seemingly nice guy who has performed quite poorly this year. The divided denizens of this heated battleground are furious that the Royals do not seem to be taking this rivalry seriously.
For their part, the Mariners send out Hisashi Iwakuma to face the Royals, a move that at the very least does not incite rage amongst the Seattle faithful. Iwakuma's 2015 campaign has been a disappointment in comparison to his last two seasons, but his 3.90 ERA, 4.07 FIP, 3.39 xFIP, 3.46 SIERA and 4.60 K/BB all imply a solid campaign hampered simply by injuries.
These are tonight's players:
Tonight's lineups as #Mariners open 3-game set at Kauffman against the #Royals. pic.twitter.com/2oHsv51EDE— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) September 22, 2015