Does anybody know anything about Guthrie? Does he have quality stuff, and is he this good? He has 7 out of 8 quality starts in 66.7 IP, 3 wins 1 loss, 42 K's, 2.700 ERA, 0.930 Whip. I know he pitches for baltimore, but talk about somebody flying under the radar.
I see .246babip... which is very low but not outrageous... if you normalize that to league average his era would be around 3.3.
The key difference between now and previous years is his walks...last year in the majors his walk rate was 16%, now its 4% and his k-rate has stayed about the same at 16%. His gb/fb is 50/50 and he has a 4% hr rate on fly balls, which is also excellent. Depending on what your looking at, his xEra,fip he is still putting up peripherals for a low 3s era so even if his babip regresses he will stay in the low 3s.
Unfortunately with the O's he will continue to struggle to get wins. What you really want to watch for is his walks(imo), if his bb% starts moving up that will be a good sign that hes back to previous form and starting to lose it.
I picked him up two weeks ago as having the best supported era of the ww crowd and have gotten 3 quality starts so far with basically no regression in his peripherals.
Do I think he will sport a sub 3 era all year, pretty damn unlikely, but i could see a mid 3's especially if he keeps up his kk/bb and his hr rate. I think he was a good pickup 2 weeks ago, and I still think he is.
In his last 4 starts: 30ip, 19hits, 8er, 4walks, 16ks, 1win.
Hes pitched against the:#4, #5, #16, #10, #29, #25,#22 offenses, so he has pitched slightly weighted towards the bottom rung, but he has pitched and done well against good teams as well.
talan37 wrote:What you really want to watch for is his walks(imo), if his bb% starts moving up that will be a good sign that hes back to previous form and starting to lose it.
Return to previous form? He had about 30 ip in his major league career, all in relief before this year. He pitched very well last season in AAA Buffalo as a full-time starter, and that has carried over. That is a much better indication of future performance than a handful of relief appearances.