The Rays head to Kansas City for a one game series between Jeremies Guthrie and Hellickson.
|Jeremy Guthrie||Jeremy Hellickson|
|K%||12.6 %||18.2 %|
|BB%||7.0 %||6.3 %|
|Steamer RoS ERA||4.75||4.25|
This year, the Royals have featured the fourth worst offense in baseball, with an 87 wRC+. Below are the players who accumulated at least 100 PAs with the Royals.
Note that Miguel Tejada tested positive for amphetamines and is suspended, Lorenzo Cain is injured, and Jeff Francoeur was DFA'd, and is no longer on a MLB roster. His spot has been taken in the outfield by Justin Maxwell, currently holds a 123 wRC+ in a bit over 200 PAs this season.
Oh, and check out the 2013 Ray killer Elliot Johnson.
Jeremy Guthrie once seemed like a decent pitcher, back in his time with Baltimore. Now that I look back on his stats, I see that he was really just an average player on a bad team, and those guys sometimes get taken for above average players.
Guthrie's arsenal is fairly normal. He throws four and two seam fastballs in the low to mid 90s, a changeup anywhere from the low to the high 80s, a slider in the low to mid 80s, and a curve in the low to mid 70s.
Here's where it gets fun, though, especially for fans of Casey Fossum (you know who you are). Guthrie occasionally breaks out a very slow curve, averaging 65 mph (according to Brooks Baseball). He's thrown 16 this year, eight to righties, eight to lefties. Other than the Fossumites, I know a guy who gets unreasonably excited about the the eephus, and I doubt he's the only one. For all of you out there with that peculiar infatuation, this game is for you.