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Jeremy Guthrie & The Baltimore Orioles Home Run Record

Jeremy Guthrie checks out a new baseball after allowing another dinger

Jeremy Guthrie checks out a new baseball after allowing another dinger

First things first, I’m a big Jeremy Guthrie fan, so nothing I’m about to write is meant to disrespect him in any way, or belittle his considerable talent as a major league pitcher. Heck, part of me is even hoping to reverse jinx him somehow, resulting in an epic 13-1, 2.14 second half. That said, “Have you noticed how many of Guthrie’s pitches are getting hit over the fence this year?”

I ask because I have, and if the pace keeps up, Guthrie’s going to shatter the Orioles club record for serving up home runs. Witness Exhibit A, Baltimore’s single season leaders for coughing up long balls since the team commenced American League play in 1954:

35 – Scott McGregor (1986)
35 – Sidney Ponson (1999)
35 – Robin Roberts (1963)
34 – Mike Cuellar (1970)
34 – Scott McGregor (1985)
33 – Kris Benson (2006)
33 – Bruce Chen (2005)
33 – Ken Dixon (1986)
32 – Eric Bell (1987)
32 – Rodrigo Lopez (2006)
32 – Ben McDonald (1992)
32 – David Wells (1996)

When the Orioles hit the halfway mark of the 2009 season over the weekend, Guthrie had already surrendered 19 gopher balls. Road games and left-handed hitters have proved particularly troublesome for him so far this season but, quite frankly, if you scrutinize his splits, he’s getting hit hard for distance across the board.

Home runs aren’t the only thing he’s giving up more of. Triples, doubles and singles are on the increase and, of course, his ERA. The stuff still seems to be there, so hopefully his location will improve and the wins will follow. Meanwhile, let’s home for solo home runs and see how high Guts can climb the list.

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