WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie believes he is about to continue regaining his form, no matter where he pitches.
Guthrie (3-8, 6.28 ERA) gave up two runs in six mostly strong innings against the Cardinals in a 4-1 loss Wednesday night, after not having started a game since June 17, and is looking to finish the first half strong against the Nationals on Sunday.
There's still the challenge of pitching at Coors Field, where Guthrie is 1-4 with a 9.44 ERA (as opposed to 2-4 but a more respectable 3.77 on the road) and the field is playing more hitter-friendly than it has in years. The poor performance in seven games (five starts) at home led to speculation that parting would be best for him and the team. There were reportedly talks with the Blue Jays earlier this season, and predictions are the Rockies will look to move him before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. He'll be a free agent after the season.
But Guthrie, who cannot block a trade, insists he can pitch well at Coors.
"Absolutely, anybody can succeed there if they execute their pitches," said Guthrie, acquired from the Orioles in February. "There are plenty of pitchers here that are doing well. Granted, the majority of them are in the bullpen, but the process is the same -- execute, get ahead, make quality pitches and make them miss-hit or swing and miss.
"I was very excited to be traded to Colorado, to be close to home [his family lives in Utah during the offseason] and to have great fans. That's been the most positive thing, seeing how many fans we get. In Baltimore, we struggled a lot and didn't earn the support of the fans for a few years, although that's changing for them. To see fans support us even though we struggle, that's inspiring."