Guthrie bringing back the curve

Jeremy Guthrie exited the game after recording one out in the third inning of Sunday’s Red Sox game. The good news is he was able to get up and down a few times and it looked like he was mixing in all his pitches. He tossed 51 pitches, 29 for strikes, in his second spring outing to date.

Here’s his line: 2.1 IP, 3H, 1R, 2BB, 2K

This is what Guthrie had to say about his outing:

“I threw a lot of good pitches, I felt like that second inning the umpire was back and forth, it was a strike one time, it was a ball another time. Matt [Wieters] said two or three of those pitches called balls were strikes, including that first walk to that lefty [Tug Hulett].

But, I couldn’t be more pleased, I felt like I kept the ball down, I felt like it had good movement. Two of the biggest things I’m needing to be more consistent with. I did walk guys and fell behind guys, but overall I’m very very pleased with the way the fastball was coming out of the hand. Those are all big pluses for me.”

Guthrie said he is not throwing his slider on purpose, and will work it in after a few more outings. Right now he is focused on becoming more comfortable with using his curveball, a pitch he got away from last year.

“I’m trying to get to the point where I’m confident throwing any pitch in any count,” Guthrie said. “And that’s the intention of throwing the curveball, I threw it 1-0, I fell behind, 2-0 and [I} threw it 0-1. Counts I didn’t throw the curveball in very often last year, that I want to build a confident to be able to do that comfortably come the regular season.”

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