KANSAS CITY -- What exactly makes the Royals think they can take a pitcher out of Coors Field and change his success? The fact that they've done it before.
The Royals acquired Jeremy Guthrie from the Rockies on Friday, and his numbers have not been good this season, mostly due to poor performances at Coors Field. That makes it two years in a row that the Royals have brought in a pitcher from Colorado midseason. Last May, they acquired Felipe Paulino, and he's been quite the success story.
In 18 relief appearances with the Rockies last season, Paulino was 0-4 with a 7.36 ERA. That includes 6 1/3 innings at Coors Field, in which he allowed six runs on 11 hits, three walks and a home run for an ERA of 8.53.
Paulino pitched much better after coming to Kansas City, posting a 4.11 ERA in 21 games, including 20 starts. And this year, Paulino was enjoying a great season -- 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA in seven starts -- before his season ended following Tommy John surgery.
The Royals are hoping they can work the same magic with Guthrie, whose numbers in Colorado this season include a 1-5 record and a 9.50 ERA.
"It's a good deal," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Every once in a while, a change of scenery helps somebody. I mean it sure helped Felipe Paulino coming out of Colorado, and we're hoping it can do the same for Jeremy Guthrie."