Orioles: Guthrie in the rear view
Dave Trembley looked back on the performance of starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie on Wednesday night and saw the same thing everybody else did -- a guy throwing pretty well who hung a couple of breaking pitches. He couldn't prove it on the spot, but he thinks that most of Guthrie's league-leading 16 homers have been breaking balls that went awry.
"The home runs have come on pitches that have not been located and I'm sure he would agree with that,'' Trembley said. "They just have not been located well. They've been mistakes, and mistakes, more times than not, are gonna get hit.
"The two things that have hurt him have been two-strike hits and the home run ball, and most of the home run balls have been on breaking pitches. So I don't know if it's not finishing the pitch. Whatever it is, it's been pitches that have not been executed."
Meanwhile, Mariners starter Felix Hernandez shrugged off a first-inning threat and pitched very well against the Orioles again. He's now 4-0 in five career starts in Baltimore with a 2.84 ERA.
"Hernandez outpitched us,'' Trembley said. "He pitched a great game. I thought the difference was when he got behind in the count his secondary pitches were very good...his breaking pitch and his change up. I thought if we were going to get him we were going to have to try and get him early. We didn't."