Found September 18, 2012 on The Viril View: On the KC Royals:
by John Viril— Jeremy Guthrie’s September 15 start against the Los Angeles Angels was one of the oddest performances of his career. Guthrie, an extreme fly-ball pitcher throughout his career, completely changed his stripes for that one day. Instead of inducing fly balls, Guthrie became an extreme ground ball pitcher. Of 27 balls in play on this most odd of days, 18 were ground balls. For his career, Guthrie GB/FB ratio is .69. Until this last bizarro-world start, Guthrie had been an even more extreme fly ball pitcher since coming to Kansas City with a .52 ratio. This one day moved that ratio to .62. The difference with respect to GO/AO was even more drastic. For his career, Guthrie gets .94 ground outs for every fly out. On this day that number was 17/4—which works out to a ratio of 4.25. In short, Guthrie was getting his outs on the ground. What in the world was going on? I examined Guthrie’s fangraph’s game chart, expecting to find that he’d had unusual sink on his pitches on this...
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