Dexter Fowler batted 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, which would earn him "Worst of the Night" on most nights. Carlos Gonzalez went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, but he's been so great lately that he's earned a bad night or two. Both batters also combined to leave five runners on base.
But when Jeremy Guthrie gives up seven runs and 11 hits in just 3 1/3 innings of work, en route to an eventual 10-0 loss for the Rockies, the offense could only have done so much to help.
This isn't the first time we've talked about Guthrie getting shelled. Just over two weeks ago, we singled him out as "Worst of the Night" after he gave up six runs (with three homers) in six innings versus the Seattle Mariners. Unfortunately for him and the Rockies, that was the beginning of what's been a terrible four-game stretch.
In his past four starts, Guthrie has allowed 24 runs (20 earned) and 40 hits. Eight of those hits have been home runs. He's been pitching batting practice out there.
One of those outings was against the Cincinnati Reds, who can beat up any starting pitcher. But the other three starts were against the Mariners, D-Backs and Houston Astros. Not exactly powerhouse competition.
Can the Rockies keep putting Guthrie on the mound and expect to compete in the NL West, where they now sit 10 1/2 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers?
According to the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders, Rockies manager Jim Tracy told reporters after the game that the team still needed Guthrie in their starting rotation. Unfortunately, he's probably right, given how poorly Colorado's pitching staff has performed this year.
But Guthrie knows how badly he's pitched recently and said he wouldn't be surprised if the Rockies eventually let him go.
“I don’t take anything for granted. If they kicked me off the team today it wouldn’t surprise me," Guthrie said.
"I haven’t earned the spot here, I haven’t pitched very well. I respect the game and I understand how it works. If I don’t make another start here it wouldn’t surprise me. But I will come to work everyday as long as I have a jersey on.”
Guthrie has allowed five or more runs in six of his nine starts for the Rockies this season. He went on the disabled list with a sprained shoulder after suffering the injury in a bicycling accident. But Guthrie isn't using that as an excuse, saying that the shoulder doesn't cause him any pain while he's pitching.
In a way, that's too bad. At least it would provide some explanation as to why Guthrie has been so bad for a team in desperate need of quality starting pitching.
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