Say hello to your Opening Day starter.
Acquired from the Baltimore Orioles, Jeremy Guthrie is a 32-year-old righty with eight years of experience in the big leagues. He hosts a career record of 47-65 with an ERA of 4.19.
Now, most of the damage in those numbers comes from two things: facing the elite competition in the AL East and playing for the Orioles.
At Coors Field he'll be welcomed by a much more potent offense, giving him comfort in knowing that one mistake may not cost you the game.
Guthrie was brought in most notably to eat up innings, averaging 128.1 per season in his eight-year career. On paper, it's a move that was made to save the bullpen from becoming overused. On the field, it's more likely that Guthrie will use his experience to help mold the younger pitchers.
So far during spring training, Guthrie has an ERA of 3.57 during 17.2 innings to go along with seven strikeouts. He has only walked three batters so far, a sign that he has good control of his pitches.
He'll need that control in the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field.
At the end of the season, I don't believe that Guthrie will still be the No. 1 starter, but I do believe that he will be a valuable piece to the Rockies rotation. Expect a record that's just above .500 when it's all said and done.