When Jeremy Guthrie beat the Chicago White Sox back in August, there's no way he could have realized it would be the beginning of an unbeaten streak that's only been seen one other time in Kansas City Royals history.
Now he can't stop hearing about it.
Guthrie looks to extend his streak to 17 starts without a loss as the Royals host the White Sox in the opener of a three-game series Friday night.
After allowing six hits and striking out five in 6 2-3 innings of a 9-0 win over Cleveland on Sunday, Guthrie improved to 8-0 with a 2.44 ERA over his last 16 starts. The unbeaten streak, which began with a 2-1 win over the White Sox on Aug. 8, ties the Royals' franchise record set by Paul Splittorff spanning the 1977 and 1978 seasons."I knew it's been a number of starts in a row, because people kept reminding me of it," said Guthrie, who is 3-0 with a 3.06 ERA in five starts in 2013. "Ultimately, it means a lot because hopefully the guys behind me when I go out are confident that we have a chance to win the game."
Guthrie, who hasn't won more than 11 games in his career and hasn't had a winning season since 2007, has seemed to rejuvenate his career in Kansas City after being acquired from Colorado in July."I have the kind of confidence I want to go into each start (thinking) that good stuff or not, I can keep us in it and give us a chance to win the game," Guthrie said.
The right-hander has been stellar against the White Sox since being traded to the Royals, going 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA as Kansas City has won each of his five starts. He's allowed two earned runs in 35 2-3 innings while striking out 28 and walking just three.
Guthrie will look to help Kansas City (15-10) earn a third straight victory after its series finale versus Tampa Bay on Thursday was postponed due to snow. The Royals led 1-0 after 3 1/2 innings and wanted to finish out the contest."I can't control the weather. I've tried before and it never worked," manager Ned Yost said. "You just deal with it."
Injuries have been an issue for the White Sox, though they took the final two of a three-game set at Texas with Thursday's 3-1 victory. Scheduled starter Jake Peavy was scratched earlier in the day because of back spasms, but Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to provide all the offense Chicago (12-15) would need.
Hector Santiago was scheduled to pitch in this contest but had to be moved up to replace Peavy, putting Dylan Axelrod in line to start Friday. Gavin Floyd is on the disabled list with a flexor muscle strain in his right arm."I think every day you go through the list and figure out who's available, and the training room's full," manager Robin Ventura said. "It's just part of the playing the game. You just deal with it."
Axelrod (0-1, 3.95) has given up six runs while pitching six innings in each of his last three starts. He didn't get a decision in any of those outings, though, including after giving up three runs to Tampa Bay in Chicago's 8-3 loss Sunday.
The right-hander has never started against Kansas City, though he earned the victory after pitching two scoreless innings of relief in a 9-8 win July 13.
|Alejandro De Aza||13||.385||5||0||1||0||2||.385||.847||.462|
|Chicago White Sox|
|May 02, 2013||Dewayne Wise||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|May 02, 2013||Jake Peavy||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|April 28, 2013||Gavin Floyd||15-Day DL||Right elbow flexor strain|
|April 22, 2013||Hector Gimenez||Day-to-Day||Left shin|
|April 19, 2013||Dayan Viciedo||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|April 10, 2013||Gordon Beckham||15-Day DL||Fractured hamate bone, left wrist|
|Kansas City Royals|
|March 31, 2013||Danny Duffy||15-Day DL||Recovery from left elbow surgery|
|February 12, 2013||Felipe Paulino||60-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The weather keeps wreaking havoc for the Kansas City Royals .
Just about everyone else in Major League Baseball, too.
The Royals' game against the White Sox was postponed Friday due to freezing rain and will be made up Monday, when the teams were scheduled to have a day off and the forecast is much better.
The Royals played into the fourth inning against Tampa Bay on Thursday before that game was also postponed with snow starting to fall on the field. But unlike the Rays, who aren't scheduled to return to Kansas City, the White Sox had several days that could work for a makeup.
"I used to worry about these kinds of things, but not anymore. There's nothing you can do about it," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We'll play when we can play."
The temperature was hovering in the mid-30s when Friday's game was called about four hours before the scheduled first pitch. There was a constant drizzle falling at Kauffman Stadium, winds gusting in from the north and the forecast for game time not looking much better.
The inclement weather wasn't much of a surprise. Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur said after the previous night's postponement, "You can go ahead find a makeup day for tomorrow, too."
The Royals have had four games postponed due to rain this season, and another postponed during the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Two have since been played.
The White Sox have had three games postponed due to rain. None have been made up.
Yost said he plans to push everyone in his starting rotation back by a day, which means Jeremy Guthrie will pitch Saturday, Wade Davis will go on Sunday and James Shields on Monday.
The Royals travel to Baltimore on Tuesday, when Ervin Santana will be on the mound.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura is pushing Dylan Axelrod back to start Saturday's game, and keeping left-hander Jose Quintana in place on Sunday. The starter for Monday is up in the air, but Ventura said that Jake Peavy could be on the mound.
Peavy was scratched from Thursday night's start against Texas due to back spasms. He said it locked up on him after stretching exercises before Wednesday's game, and he received treatment most of Thursday in hopes of making his scheduled start.
"I've never had anything like this happen," Peavy said. "I begged and begged to see if we could give it as much time as we could for today. We really haven't put a game plan together other than today just knowing that I can't go."
The night off should help the White Sox get healthy.
Outfielder Jordan Danks was a late scratch earlier this week because of swelling in his right knee, and fellow outfielder Dwayne Wise - who went 4 for 4 as Danks' replacement on Tuesday - was scratched in center field Thursday night because of a stiff neck.
Starting pitchers Gavin Floyd (right arm) and John Danks (left shoulder) are among six players on the disabled list, including everyday players Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo .
"I think every day you go through the list and figure out who's available, and the training room's full," Ventura said. "It's just part of the playing the game. You just deal with it."
NOTES: The White Sox won two out of three when the Royals visited Chicago to open the season. ... The Royals are 15-10 on the season, coming from behind for 10 of those wins. ... The White Sox have won four of their last six road games after starting 0-5 on the road. ... John Danks made his first rehab start Thursday night at Double-A Birmingham. He allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings, throwing 55 of 86 pitches for strikes. He's been on the DL for the White Sox after having shoulder surgery Aug. 6.