Texas Rangers: Jeremy Guthrie

W2W4: Rangers at Royals

September, 1, 2014
The Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals play a three-game set to start September. The Royals are in the pennant chase, while the Rangers have a chance to play spoiler.

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What’s up with the Royals? Kansas City leads the AL Central by half-a-game over Detroit and has lost its last three completed games. Sunday’s contest with Cleveland was suspended because of rain in the 10th inning with the Royals trailing 4-2. Despite the current losing streak, the Royals have won 14 of their last 21 games at Kauffman Stadium. The first-place Royals are last in baseball in home runs (86) and walks (316) but lead the majors with 124 stolen bases. LF Alex Gordon (team-leading .280 BA) has eight home runs and 17 RBIs since the All-Star break. SS Alcides Escobar has a six-game hitting streak going and DH Billy Butler leads the team with 135 hits.

What’s up with the Rangers? The Rangers are 3-4 on this 10-game road trip which ends with three games in K.C. Six of RF Alex Rios’ last seven hits have been doubles and he reached base three times in Sunday’s loss, the first time he’s done that since July 29. 1B Ryan Rua has a hit in his first three major league games. CF Daniel Robertson has a career-high seven-game hitting streak where he’s hitting .421. 3B Adrian Beltre has reached base in his last 16 games. He walked twice Sunday.

The return of Derek Holland: The left-hander is scheduled to make his season debut Tuesday night. Holland has missed the entire season recovering from left knee surgery. Holland is 2-1 in seven games lifetime against the Royals with a 4.67 ERA. Holland participated in pitching drills and threw a bullpen session Saturday in Houston. Holland said he feels strong mentally and physically.

The pitching matchups: Monday: RHP Colby Lewis (9-11, 5.44) vs. RHP Yordano Ventura (10-9, 3.40). Tuesday: LHP Holland (season debut) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (10-10, 4.43). Wednesday: RHP Nick Tepesch (4-8, 4.44) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (10-7, 3.27)

Matchup: Matt Garza vs. Jeremy Guthrie

September, 21, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Rangers try to even their three-game series with the Kansas City Royals when right-hander Matt Garza faces off against Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie at 6:10 p.m. Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium. The game is on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540 AM.

Garza (9-6, 4.06 ERA): Garza has lost four straight decisions, the latest a 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday … He goes for his 10th win for the fifth time this season … His four straight losing decisions is a career high … Garza has failed to complete five innings in consecutive starts for the the third time in his career, with the other two times also coming in September … Garza is 2-5 with a 5.72 ERA since Aug. 3 … That's the fourth-highest ERA in the American League in that span … The Rangers are 6-5 in his starts … Run support hasn't been Garza's best friend, as he's had two runs or fewer scored for him in eight of 11 starts … He is 1-5 with a 3.83 ERA for eight career starts against the Royals,but hasn't faced them since 2010 … Garza is 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA at Kauffman Stadium.

Guthrie (14-11, 4.08): Guthrie is 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in September … He has a career losing record of 69-88 and a 4.25 ERA … Guthrie lost his last start, allowing 13 hits, two home runs and three runs in eight innings of a 3-2 loss to Detroit … Opponents are batting .289 against him … He is 9-4 with a 4.37 ERA at home … Guthrie is 4-3 with a 3.77 ERA for his career against the Rangers.

Hitters: A.J. Pierzynski (13-for-36, 1 HR, 4 RBIs) and Ian Kinsler (10-for-29, 2 2B, RBI) have had success against Guthrie. Alex Rios has two homers against him. Billy Butler is 8-for-20 with an RBI against Garza.

Ian Kinsler's baserunning mistake costly

September, 4, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One play never decides a game, but one play can cause a huge swing in momentum.

The Rangers experienced that momentum shift to the downside in the third inning Tuesday night when Ian Kinsler was picked off third base in a 6-3 loss to the Royals. It happened, Kinsler said, because he failed to note the positioning of third baseman Mike Moustakas with Josh Hamilton at the plate and one out.

“Normally, when Josh is up, the third baseman is pretty far off,” Kinsler said. “But I didn’t check where he was at. I got caught.”

The Rangers led 2-0 and seemed primed for more when Kinsler led off the third with a double and went to third on Elvis Andrus’ sacrifice bunt. With Hamilton at the plate, the Rangers were anxious to tack on at least one more run for starter Matt Harrison.

But the Royals had the infield in and Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez made a snap throw to third, picking off Kinsler. From that point on, it was all Royals. Kansas City got two in the third and roared away to even the series at one game apiece.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said it was a fundamental breakdown that allowed the Royals to execute the pickoff at third.

“Infield in, you’re making the ball go through,” Washington said. “Don’t square up your shoulders. He (Kinsler) squared up his shoulders and couldn’t get around.”

Washington said a sideways position would have allowed Kinsler to get back to the bag.

Once Kansas City grabbed the momentum, the Rangers didn’t have any answers offensively or in the pitching department.

“With Hamilton up there and Kinsler on third base with less than two outs, I’m thinking we’re going to get the run,” Washington said. “But you don’t know if you are or not. They outplayed us. They played better than we did tonight.”

After a slow start, Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie came on strong. Guthrie went seven innings, allowing just five hits and two runs. Harrison labored through 4 2/3 innings. He needed 102 pitches to get 14 outs.

“Once Guthrie got to a tie ballgame, he just put up zeroes the rest of the way,” Washington said.

The Rangers, 80-55, will put Tuesday’s loss behind them and look ahead.

“We didn’t play our best ball,” Kinsler said. “We’ll come back (Wednesday) and get back after it.”

Rapid Reaction: Royals 6, Rangers 3

September, 4, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Texas Rangers couldn’t hold an early two-run lead and fell 6-3 to the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

What it means: The four-game series is tied at 1-1 and the Rangers are back to 25 games over .500 at 80-55. Texas had reached a season-high 26 games over .500 with its win in Kansas City on Monday. The Rangers’ record after 135 games equals the best in franchise history. Texas was also 80-55 in 1999.

Long gone: After watching the Rangers blast five homers Monday, shortstop Elvis Andrus got in on the power show. Andrus, who entered Tuesday’s game with two homers in 523 at-bats, connected for a solo shot off Jeremy Guthrie in the first inning. The Andrus homer to left came after he had homered just once in the previous 123 games.

Momentum shifts: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is known for his throwing ability and when he picked Ian Kinsler off third base in the third inning, it was a big momentum play for the Royals. Texas had already built a 2-0 lead and had Kinsler at third with one out after a Kinsler double and an Andrus sacrifice bunt. Perez caught Kinsler straying too far down the line and the pickoff -- with Josh Hamilton at the plate -- gave the Royals a boost. Kansas City promptly scored twice in the third and was on its way. Perez now has three pickoffs, the most by any Major League catcher.

Early exit: Left-hander Matt Harrison has failed to make it deep into the game two starts in a row. After lasting just 5 1/3 innings last Wednesday versus Tampa Bay, Harrison went 4 2/3 innings against the Royals. He allowed eight hits and five runs (three earned). Harrison gave up a two-run homer to lefty-hitting Alex Gordon, snapping a fifth-inning tie.

Close call: A bang-bang play at the plate in the third inning went Kansas City’s way and brought manager Ron Washington out of the dugout. With Alcides Escobar at third and one out, Billy Butler flied to center and Hamilton made a strong throw home as Escobar tagged. Home plate umpire Lance Barksdale ruled that Escobar eluded the tag of Geovany Soto and Soto protested before Washington came out to have his say. The Butler sacrifice fly made it a 2-2 game.

Up next: RHP Ryan Dempster (9-6, 2.87 NL/AL) will try to give the Rangers the series lead Wednesday when he opposes Kansas City left-hander Everett Teaford.

Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Jeremy Guthrie

September, 4, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Texas Rangers continue their four-game series with the Kansas City Royals tonight at Kauffman Stadium. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. Here’s a look at the pitching matchup of LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie.

Harrison (15-8, 3.30 ERA): The All-Star left-hander has gone to extremes in his last two starts, following a two-hit shutout against Minnesota over eight innings with a subpar outing against Tampa Bay last Wednesday. Harrison allowed 12 hits and seven earned runs over five innings and was rocked by the long ball. The Rays hit three homers off Harrison, marking the first time since April 21, 2010, that Harrison given up three homers in a game. ... In his only start against Kansas City this year, Harrison allowed eight singles and two runs over 6 2/3 innings while picking up a 5-3 win. ... With 174 1/3 innings, Harrison is on pace to reach the 200-inning barometer, which underscores the durability of a modern-day starter.

Guthrie (3-3, 3.86 ERA): The veteran right-hander has been a pleasant addition to a beleaguered starting rotation since the Royals acquired him from Colorado for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. Guthrie was voted the Royals’ Pitcher of the Month for August after going 3-1 with a 2.33 earned run average in six starts. After getting away from the mile-high altitude, Guthrie has challenged hitters, primarily with a fastball that has late life. He is coming off a 2-1 win over Detroit in which he allowed 10 hits but just the one run over 7 1/3 innings. Guthrie didn’t allow a walk. ... Guthrie had a 22-inning scoreless streak over a three-game stretch in August. ... After a successful appeal of a scoring decision, Guthrie is credited with having a no-hitter through two outs in the eighth on Aug. 19 against the White Sox.

Hitters: Elvis Andrus has fared particularly well against Guthrie, going 7-for-15 (.467) with two doubles. ... Michael Young is 11-for-28 lifetime versus Guthrie (.393). ... Billy Butler is 8-for-12 against Harrison (.667).

Up next:
Wed. at KC: RHP Ryan Dempster (9-6, 2.87 ERA in AL) vs. Everett Teaford (1-3, 4.30 ERA), 7:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Thu. at KC: RHP Scott Feldman (6-11, 5.01 ERA) vs. Luke Hochevar (7-13, 5.34 ERA), 7:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Jeremy Guthrie

August, 3, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers look to keep the hot bats going as they hit the road for a three-game weekend set with the Kansas City Royals. The series opener features LHP Matt Harrison vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie at 7:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21. A quick look at the matchup:

Harrison (12-6, 3.19): The 26-year-old will be making his 21st start of the season. ... He is coming off back-to-back losses, allowing nine runs in 13 innings in those starts. ... It is just the second time he has recorded consecutive losses this season. ... Despite setbacks in his last two starts, Harrison is 8-3 with a 2.07 ERA in his last 12 starts. ... Gave up five runs on seven hits in seven innings in his last start, which was a loss to the Chicago White Sox last Saturday. ... Has not faced Kansas City this season, but gave up three runs on four hits in just one inning of work during the All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium. ... He is 2-1 with a 4.70 ERA in five games -- four starts -- against the Royals in his career. ... Only career start in Kansas City came Aug. 27, 2008, when he allowed just two runs -- one earned -- on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings of work.

Guthrie (3-11, 6.68 both AL and NL): The 33-year-old is slated to make his 18th start and 22nd appearance of the season. ... It will be his third start with the Royals since being acquired from the Colorado Rockies. ... Is 0-2 and has allowed 11 runs on 15 hits in 10 1/3 innings in his two starts with Kansas City. ... Has not registered a win since May 31 against the Houston Astros, when he gave up five runs on 12 hits in seven innings. ... Has gone 0-8 with five no-decisions since his last win. ... Threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his lone appearance against the Rangers this season, giving up just three hits with two walks and two strikeouts in the Rangers 4-2 win over the Rockies on June 24.

Hitters: Current Rangers are 44-for-160 (.275) against Guthrie. ... Elvis Andrus (.462) is 6-for-13 with two doubles. ... Michael Young is 10-for-25 (.400) with three doubles, a home run and five RBIs. ... Adrian Beltre is 4-for-27 (.148) with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs. ... Current Royals are 12-for-29 (.414). ... Billy Butler is 7-for-10 (.700) with a home run, a double and three RBIs. ... Yuniesky Betancourt, Jeff Francoeur and Eric Hosmer are all 1-for-3.

Up Next:

Sat. at KC: RHP Scott Feldman (5-6, 4.76) vs. LHP Will Smith (2-3, 5.94), 5:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Sun. at KC: LHP Derek Holland (7-6, 4.96) vs. RHP Luke Hochevar (7-9, 5.22), 1:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

Olney: Rangers scout Guthrie, Wigginton

June, 28, 2010
ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted this today:
Heard this: As Texas prepares for the trade deadline, the Rangers recently scouted Jeremy Guthrie and Ty Wigginton of the O's...

Guthrie, a 31-year-old right-handed starter, is 3-9 with a 4.30 ERA with a struggling Baltimore team. Guthrie has a 1.19 WHIP and a .246 opponent batting average. Guthrie has pitched over 100 innings in 16 starts. He's pitched at least six innings in all but one of those outings. He has 10 quality starts this season.

And he's affordable. Guthrie is making $3 million on a one-year deal this season.

Wigginton, an infielder, is a right-handed bat. He's hitting .266 with 13 homers and 40 RBIs this season. Wigginton, 32, hits about the same against right-handed and left-handed pitchers.

Mound matchup: Harden vs. Guthrie

May, 19, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers pitcher Rich Harden could be fighting to keep his spot in the rotation Wednesday as Texas begins a two-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie goes for the visitors. Here's a look at the matchup:

Harden (2-1, 4.93 ERA): When you're working on off-days to simply gain control of your fastball, you know things aren't going well. That's where Harden is at the moment. He's coming of an ugly outing Friday at Toronto, allowing seven runs on four hits and six walks in 2 2/3 innings. His 31 walks lead the American League and his 38.1 innings logged are the fewest by any pitcher in the majors with at least eight starts. He's allowed seven home runs, tied for the team high, and he's given up at least one long ball in five of his eight starts.

Guthrie (2-4, 4.13 ERA): Pitching much better in May, Guthrie has won his last three outings, allowing five runs on nine hits, with 15 strikeouts and just three walks in 20.2 innings. His last outing was his best, going eight innings and giving up just one run on two hits. In two starts against the Rangers last season, Guthrie was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA. He gave up 12 hits in 12 innings, but allowed just three earned runs. He struck out 10 and walked two.

Batters: Five Rangers are batting .300 or better against Guthrie and one of them isn't Vladimir Guerrero, who is just 1-for-14 (.071) lifetime and against the right-hander. Michael Young is 4-for-12 (.333) with a home run off Guthrie and Ian Kinsler is 4-for-11 (.364). Only the Orioles' Miguel Tejada (3-for-15, .200) and Julio Lugo (3-for-15, .200) have more than four at-bats against Harden, which might or might not work in the struggling right-hander's favor.



Colby Lewis
10 5.18 133 170
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182