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07-30-2011 02:15 AM #1Moderator Hangout Staff
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Guthrie shines in possible swan song
If this was indeed Guthrie’s last start as an Oriole, it seems appropriate to give him a fond farewell. He has to be considered one of the all-time best out-of-the-blue, under-the-radar acquisitions in Orioles history. He was picked up on waivers before the 2007 season essentially as a spare arm for the bullpen, only to emerge as so much more than that. He moved into the rotation in April of that year and never looked back, quickly becoming the Birds’ most reliable hurler and taking over the mantle of staff ace after Erik Bedard was traded. Now, four years and 143 starts later, Guthrie is the grizzled veteran of the staff, a guy who you can depend on to take the ball every fifth day and give you a great chance to win the game. He’s been a great leader for the team and is more often than not a thoughtful and articulate interviewee with the media. I think the O’s would and should trade him if the right deal comes along, but there’s no doubt that Guthrie’s loss would be felt by his teammates both on and off the field.
Tonight’s game was a great example of what Guthrie does best. He overcame paltry run support from his teammates and simply dominated the Yankees, a team the Birds hadn’t yet been able to solve this year, holding them to just one run in seven strong innings.
Tonight's Hangout game recap has all the details of the Birds' 4-2 win in the Bronx.
07-30-2011 02:27 AM #2
I remember being at the sunday games before his first start (tuesday) and after the game while walking out of the bp asking of he was ready for his start. He looked up and gave me a nod.
07-30-2011 09:28 AM #3