All weekend I planned on writing tomorrow's column about the struggles of veteran starters Kevin Millwood and Jeremy Guthrie atop the Orioles' rotation. Thankfully for me, but unfortunately for the Orioles, Guthrie did nothing in tonight's start against the Yankees to force a change of plans.
As I write this post, the Yankees are up, 8-4, (despite a monster three-run homer from Adam Jones) because Guthrie allowed five runs (four earned) in five innings of work. I lost track of his pitch count in the fourth inning when the total was somewhere around 400.
Here's a fun stat: In 29 innings of work this spring, Millwood and Guthrie have combined to allow 29 earned runs.
I know these are just exhibition games — as Millwood pointed out after getting rocked in his first two spring starts — but Dave Trembley has to be concerned, right? As good as the O's youngsters have been this spring (especially Brian Matusz), they are all X-factors. And they certainly don't need the added pressure of carrying the pitching staff as they try to get established in the big leagues.
Anyway, pick up Tuesday's b or visit our real web site tomorrow for the full column.