Jeremy Guthrie's spot in the Royals' rotation is in jeopardy

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said on Thursday "Like I’m going to sit here and tell you if he is or he isn’t,” when asked if starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie will remain in the rotation, according to the Kansas City Star.

What It Means:

Guthrie lasted only 4 1/3 innings and gave up three earned runs on seven hits in his last start against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

No one would fault Yost if he decided to move Jeremy Guthrie out of the rotation considering he has a 5.65 ERA to go along with a league-high (among qualified starter) 5.17 xFIP on the season. Our algorithm projects Guthrie will improve to a 4.94 ERA for the rest of the season, provided he remains in the rotation. The Kansas City Star goes on to report Kris Medlen is the most probable candidate to take Guthrie's place. Medlen has a 2.51 ERA and a 3.40 xFIP in 14 1/3 innings out of the bullpen this season.