Jeremy Guthrie leaves the game down 5-3 in the seventh inning following a run-scoring double by Gaby Sanchez with no outs. He won’t get the win tonight and may in fact add a loss to his 3-8 record coming into the night.
Guthrie’s final line was an ugly one: six innings pitched, seven hits, six earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts, two batters hit by pitch. He tossed 108 pitches, 68 of them for strikes.
Forget 20 games, could the Orioles go without a 10-game winner this season?
Guthrie is the only Orioles pitcher to reach double-digit win totals for the past two seasons. Guthrie won 10 games for the Birds in 2008 and 2009. His three wins this season are tied with Brad Bergesen for the team lead in 2010.
Now compare that to the Marlin’s stable of young arms. Every member of the starting rotation has at least four wins led by Josh Johnson (8-2, 1.80 ERA). So the Orioles’ top pitchers in terms of wins would be at the bottom of the Marlins’ rotation in the category.
Of course, Marlins pitchers do get more run support than Orioles starters. Josh Johnson (6.3 runs per nine innings) and Anibal Sanchez (5.33) are in the NL Top 20 for run support. But I think it’s fair to say that’s not the lone difference. Consider, for example, the Marlins’ team ERA (4.01) against Baltimore’s (4.98).