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What’s Going On with Jeremy Guthrie?

Published by on June 11, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Jeremy Guthrie was the Orioles' most consistent pitcher during his first two seasons at the club. After posting a solid 3.63 ERA in 30 starts during the 2008 season, he cemented himself as the Orioles' ace and, perhaps more important in the long term, one of our best trade chips.

Guthrie is primarily a control pitcher, giving up fewer than 3 walks per nine innings. While he possesses a 93 mph fastball, he doesn't have great stuff, striking out only 6 batters per nine. As with all pitch to contact guys, it was essential that he keep the ball on the ground on a regular basis.

During his first two seasons, he was an adequate groundball pitcher, maintaining a GB/FB ratio of around 1.15. That placed him solidly in the mid...

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