Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 8/20/12

With the Rockies in the first half of this season, Jeremy Guthrie was beyond awful. I don't even need to rattle the stats off. They were *bad*. But since a trade to the Royals last month, Guthrie has been...dare I say...pretty damn good. In his six starts with Kansas City, Guthrie has a 3.23 ERA, 31 strikeouts, and just eight walks in 39 innings. After getting rocked in his first two starts, allowing 11 runs in 10 2/3 innings against the Twins and Mariners, Guthrie has been even better. In 28 2/3 innings, Guthrie's ERA is just 0.94, and he's struck out 23 while walking five, including a 7 2/3 inning, two unearned run performance yesterday in a 5-2 Royals win over the White Sox. That's a pretty good return for the Royals, who dealt just the struggling Jonathan Sanchez to the Rockies for Guthrie.

Game of the Day: Pirates 6, Cardinals 3 (19 innings). This game was insane. It saw the Cardinals empty their entire bullpen, and the Pirates nearly empty their entire bullpen *and* dip into the rotation. Two pitchers, James McDonald and Adam Wainwright, were used as pinch hitters. Hell, each team used 22 of the 25 men on their rosters. It was just nutty. But how did we get here? Well....there wasn't a lot of drama in the first nine innings. The Cardinals got two runs on a Carlos Beltran double to take a 2-0 lead in the fourth, and the Pirates tied it up with two of their own in the sixth. Then, scoring stopped for the next ten innings until the Pirates took the lead in the 17th on a Garrett Jones RBI infield single. Of course...Juan Cruz blew the save, allowing a sac fly to backup catcher Tony Cruz. Pittsburgh didn't wait ten innings to score again, plating one in the 19th on a Pedro Alvarez solo homer and two on an Andrew McCutchen single. Wandy Rodriguez got a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning to earn his first win as a Pirate...and it came as a reliever. Good god.

Pitching Lines of the Day: Kyle Kendrick dominated the Brewers in an 8-0 Phillies win, throwing eight scoreless frames and allowing three hits, one walk, and tallying seven strikeouts on the day. In that marathon game in St Louis, Jaime Garcia of the Cardinals allowed just two unearned runs on five hits over eight innings in his first start in two and half months, striking out ten without a walk. Matt Harrison carved up the Blue Jays in an 11-2 Rangers win, allowing two runs on two hits in eight innings, walking one and striking out seven. Hiroki Kuroda dominated the Red Sox in a 4-1 Blue Jays win, allowing one run on four hits in eight innings, striking out four without a walk.

Hitting Lines of the Day: The Diamondbacks crushed the Astros 8-1, and Aaron Hill went 3/4 with three runs, a double, a stolen base, and a pair of solo homers. The ultra classy Michael Young showed up in Texas' win in Toronto, going 3/5 with two runs, five RBI, a double, and his fourth homer of the year. Ichiro Suzuki continued to produce with the Yankees, going 3/4 with a pair of solo homers. 

Other Games: The Orioles beat the Tigers 7-5 to stay in the wild card lead...bizarro world continues. Chad Billingsley and the Dodgers shut down the Braves, winning 5-0. The Reds walked off on the Cubs 5-4. The Rays beat up Zack Greinke and the Angels, completing a four game sweep with an 8-3 win. The Nationals and Gio Gonzalez beat the Mets 5-2. Jarrod Parker and the A's shut out the Indians 7-0. The Mariners beat the Twins 5-1. The Rockies finally silenced Giancarlo Stanton's bat, beating the Marlins 3-2. The Padres roughed up Ryan Vogelsong and topped the Giants 7-1.

Today's Games: The big NL East series starts tomorrow: Braves at Nationals. Tim Hudson and Jordan Zimmermann will duel in game one. Mike Leake and the Reds travel to Philly to take on Roy Halladay and the Phillies. RA Dickey and the Mets host the Rockies. Brandon McCarthy will look for his Oakland offense to give him some run support as they host the Twins. Mark Buerhle will start for the Marlins in Phoenix against the Diamondbacks. There's also a battle for NL West supremacy between the Giants and Dodgers, with Madison Bumgarner taking on Clayton Kershaw on Monday night. 

Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.


Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Grizzlies want Kevin Durant in free agency

WATCH: Karl-Anthony Towns throws down monster dunk

Dos Anjos: McGregor will 'break like a girl' at UFC 196

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell hit in groin by LeBron pass

Kobe Bryant has great response to Tyronn Lue story

Report: St. Louis Blues no longer interested in Jonathan Drouin


Doc Rivers: Warriors have 'swagger' of defending champion

Damian Lillard added as a finalist for 2016 U.S. Olympic Team

Celtics legend Paul Pierce prepares for what ‘could be’ his last game in Boston

Free-agent WR Josh Morgan accidentally shot himself, charged with crime

Jon Beason retires after nine NFL seasons

Brewers Association sends Peyton Manning case of craft beer

Fighter says sex before fight partly to blame for loss

Kevin McHale: James Harden being out of shape hurt Rockets early

WATCH: Kevin Love re-injures left shoulder

Johnny Manziel’s grandpa on ex-girlfriend: ‘The girl has her problems’

Andy Dalton reunited with missing luggage thanks to social media

Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson used to soak his ankles in urine

Why Tom Thibodeau needs to be in New York

Defensemen in high demand as NHL trade deadline looms

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Security guard indicted for assaulting University of Houston football fan

The LeBron-Kobe rivalry and Finals matchup that never was

Mario Williams recognizes Bills may release him

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker