Guthrie: Concern warranted
In his final start before Opening Day, Jeremy Guthrie just gave up eight runs and 10 hits to the Florida Marlins, raising his spring ERA to 10.57. If you add in his World Baseball Classic statistics, he has pitched 19 innings, allowed 47 baserunners and has a combined ERA of 12.32.
This is getting a little scary.
Guthrie even acknowledged afterward that there is cause for concern, though he says that he feels OK and is looking forward to Monday's season-opening start against the New York Yankees.
"Yeah, certainly you should be concerned,'' he said. "I haven't gotten anybody out ... I can't seem to get any breaks. Some good pitches are getting hit and all the bad ones are getting hit.
"I, personally, am not going to be concerned, but that's not ignoring the performance. I'd like to be in a better spot, but as far as my pitches are concerned, I feel I'm close."
He also conceded that his velocity is down "a couple" from last year, which should raise some red flags about his mechanics, if not the overall health of his arm.
Guthrie didn't rule out the possible ill effects of pitching for Team USA, but said he had no regrets about taking part in the WBC.
"My preparation hasn't gone well,'' he said, "but I would do that again 100 out of 100 times with the same results. If I had pitched well in the WBC, I would have gotten my work in. But it's Jeremy Guthrie, not the WBC."