Guthrie: No excuses
Jeremy Guthrie said that -- aside from those two pitches to Jose Lopez -- he felt good on Wednesday night, even though he had been "out of whack" over the three days leading up to his start against the Mariners.
"Results-wise, I'm not going to say it was a great game,'' he said, "but compared to how I felt during my throwing program the past three days, I thought it was a positive step."
That sent up the usual antennae. Somebody asked him if he was hurting, and Guthrie said that he was not feeling any discomfort, but was having some issues with the way he was feeling the past few days.
"I'm not sure how to describe it,'' he said. "I just felt out of whack. Sometimes you just don't feel good. When I went out tonight and threw my first pitch, I was happy because it felt pretty good."
He doesn't feel good about his league-leading home run total, but insisted that he's not going to obsess about it and try to change the way he throws to avoid the long ball.
"It's the result of pitching in the zone and up at times,'' he said. "I think the track record is different, so I'm hoping to get turned around. I'm never going to focus on not trying to allow home runs, because you'll get out of your game."
Guthrie insisted that he is pitching "100 percent" pain-free.
"I think the velocity shows that,'' he said. "There is no pain. I feel 100 percent. I'm banged up mentally, but nothing we can't fix as professional baseball players."
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