Jeremy Guthrie’s Miserable Awful Birthday

On Saturday April 8, 2017, the Washington Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo announced that team had selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie was celebrating his 38th birthday and was given the ball to start that night vs. the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. It would be his first start since the 2015 season when he was a member of the Kansas City Royals.

Guthrie had been a non-roster invitee to the Nationals’ 2017 Spring Training and had posted a 2.41 ERA in nine games (two games started), striking out 15 batters in 18.2 innings of work.

It wasn’t a great birthday for Jeremy

Here’s the play-by-play of the 1st inning

Inn Score Out RoB Pit(cnt) R/O @Bat Batter Pitcher Play Description
Bottom of the 1st, Phillies Batting, Tied 0-0, Nationals’ Jeremy Guthrie facing 1-2-3
b1 0-0 0 2,(0-1) .CX PHI Cesar Hernandez Jeremy Guthrie Double to LF (Line Drive to Deep LF)
b1 0-0 0 -2- 3,(1-1) F*BX PHI Howie Kendrick Jeremy Guthrie Single to RF (Line Drive to Short RF); Hernandez to 3B
b1 0-0 0 1-3 2,(1-0) B>C PHI Odubel Herrera Jeremy Guthrie Kendrick Steals 2B
b1 0-0 0 -23 7,(3-2) B>C.CBBFB PHI Odubel Herrera Jeremy Guthrie Walk
b1 0-0 0 123 2,(0-1) CX RO PHI Maikel Franco Jeremy Guthrie Lineout: RF/Sacrifice Fly; Hernandez Scores; Kendrick to 3B
b1 1-0 1 1-3 3,(1-1) BF1X R PHI Michael Saunders Jeremy Guthrie Single to RF (Line Drive); Kendrick Scores; Herrera to 2B
b1 2-0 1 12- 3,(2-0) BBX R PHI Tommy Joseph Jeremy Guthrie Single to CF (Ground Ball thru SS-2B); Herrera Scores; Saunders to 3B
b1 3-0 1 1-3 6,(3-2) BFBBSB PHI Cameron Rupp Jeremy Guthrie Walk; Joseph to 2B
b1 3-0 1 123 2,(0-1) CX RO PHI Freddy Galvis Jeremy Guthrie Flyball: CF/Sacrifice Fly (Deep LF-CF); Saunders Scores
b1 4-0 2 12- 6,(3-2) BBBCF>B PHI Aaron Nola Jeremy Guthrie Walk; Joseph to 3B; Rupp to 2B
b1 4-0 2 123 6,(3-2) CBBSB>B R PHI Cesar Hernandez Jeremy Guthrie Walk; Joseph Scores; Rupp to 3B; Nola to 2B
b1 5-0 2 123 4,(1-2) CFBX RRR PHI Howie Kendrick Jeremy Guthrie Triple to CF (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF); Rupp Scores; Nola Scores; Hernandez Scores
b1 8-0 2 –3 3,(1-1) FBX R PHI Odubel Herrera Jeremy Guthrie Single to SS (Ground Ball to SS-2B); Kendrick Scores
Enny Romero replaces Jeremy Guthrie pitching and batting 9th
b1 9-0 2 1– 1,(0-0) .X R PHI Maikel Franco Enny Romero Double to CF (Line Drive to Deep CF-RF); Herrera Scores
b1 10-0 2 -2- 7,(3-2) STBBBFX R PHI Michael Saunders Enny Romero Double to CF (Line Drive to Deep CF-RF); Franco Scores
b1 11-0 2 -2- 6,(2-2) FBFBFX R PHI Tommy Joseph Enny Romero Single to CF (Line Drive); Saunders Scores
b1 12-0 2 1– 7,(2-2) FBBCFFS O PHI Cameron Rupp Enny Romero Strikeout Swinging
12 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Nationals 0, Phillies 12.
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Generated 4/9/2017.

Here’s Jeremy’s line

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str
Jeremy Guthrie, L (0-1) 0.2 6 10 10 4 0 0 135.00 12 47 25
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Here are the only three pitchers who allowed 10 runs on their birthday (since 1913)

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR UER
1 Jeremy Guthrie 2017-04-08 WSN PHI L 3-17 GS-1, L 0.2 6 10 10 4 0 0 0
2 Sloppy Thurston 1925-06-02 CHW DET L 15-16 GS- 4.2 14 11 10 2 0 0 1
3 Al Demaree 1919-09-08 (1) BSN PIT L 0-10 CG, L 8.0 14 10 6 0 2 1 4
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Generated 4/9/2017.

The news the day after the birthday wasn’t so great either

From the Nationals:

“The Washington Nationals selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Matt Albers from Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday and designated right-handed pitcher Jeremy Guthrie for assignment. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.


Guthrie, 38, had his contract selected by Washington on Saturday. The right-handed made one start for the Nationals, allowing 10 earned runs in 0.2 innings of work in a 17-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.”

A quote from John Glenn

“There is still no cure for the common birthday.”