Royals manager Ned Yost on Sunday was emphatic in his defense of starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, who allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings in a 7-6 victory on Saturday. Guthrie, whose ERA ballooned to 5.84, has allowed at least six runs in back-to-back starts.
Yost said Guthrie was “guaranteed” to make his next start.
“Yes,” Yost said. “He won the game.”
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The Royals have another veteran option in Chris Young, who was sent to the bullpen after the acquisition of right-hander Johnny Cueto before the trade deadline. The continuing struggles of starter Yordano Ventura, though, also complicates the rotation shuffle. For now, though, Yost appears unmoved by the mounting evidence against Guthrie.
“Take away two starts and it’s in the low 4.00s,” Yost said. “So that’s part of it. I don’t look at ERA.”