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Jeremy Guthrie is still winning in my book

The O’s pitching of late has been greatly improved, posting a 3.12 ERA in the last 12 games. Naturally, Jeremy Guthrie has been a big part of that, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at his record. Unfortunately, that’s a trend Guthrie has become all too familiar with in his time as an Oriole and which, in addition to being disappointing, prevents him from getting recognition as the caliber of pitcher that he truly is.

In Guthrie’s last 3 starts, he has gone at least 6 innings and allowed 2 ER, 0 ER and 4 ER in those games respectively.  And he has a grand total of 0 wins to show for it.  At this point, it must seem like he’ll have to go the distance to get a win.  That feeling can only be compounded by the fact the O’s have never gotten him more than 11 wins for the season, even in a year where he posted at 3.83 ERA.  Aside from being yet another example of why wins are a worthless statistic for pitchers (I’m looking at you, everyone who said CC deserved the Cy Young over King Felix last year), you would think this constant disappointment would start to wear on him.

Indeed, Jim Palmer often mentions during O’s broadcasts how consistently getting little run support makes a pitcher feel like he has to be too ‘perfect’ on the mound, which of course leads to him trying too hard, overthrowing the ball and/or losing command, and ultimately performing worse.  But if that were going to be the case for Jeremy Guthrie, it sure would’ve happened by now.  And in fact, what has happened seems to be the exact opposite.

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