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Nestled in Jeff Zrebiec's Orioles Notebook today are some interesting stats demonstrating how starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie has performed in relation to the guys who have been calling the pitches for him behind the plate.

I think if you remember what was going on earlier in the season, you might find it interesting to note that Guthrie is 6-1 with a 4.44 ERA in his nine starts with Gregg Zaun behind the plate and has surrendered just seven of his 23 home runs this season. With Matt Wieters catching, he is 1-5 with a 6.21 ERA in eight starts (10 homers) and with Wieters or former backup Chad Moeller catching, he is 1-8 with a 5.86 ERA and 16 of his 23 homers.

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This is particularly interesting because there was a minor controversy early in the season when Guthrie allegedly preferred throwing to Moeller instead of Zaun. Guthrie quickly dismissed the idea, and apparently with good reason, but manager Dave Trembley said on Sunday that he does not intend to pair up Guthrie and Zaun exclusively because of the lopsided statistical split.

I'm going to respectfully disagree, even though I buy Dave's opinion that it is the pitcher who really decides what to throw. The bottom line, however, is that Guthrie clearly has been in a better groove with Zaun, so why stand on principle? Just go with it.

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