Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Guzman watch!

At-Bat # 1: He strikes out to end the inning with men on 1st and 2nd. Still on pace for record negative ERV! (I can laugh for now because we are up after the first!)

At bat #2: Flies out to start the inning. (We are down 3-2, can't laugh as much).

At-bat #3: Pop out with man on 1st to end the inning (up 4-3, so I can chuckle in a "oh, that Cristian" sort of way).

At-bat #4: Foul out with man on 1st to end inning (up 5-3, now 5-4, less chuckling).

At-bat #5: Lined out with men on 1st and second, one out (up 7-4 now, just sighs about it, but focused on closing the game out and going into the home opener above .500!!! CROSSING FINGERS!)

[DM Comment: Only Nats starter to not get a hit today. Even Ohka went 2 for 3.]


At 12:48 AM, Blogger hubster20003 said...

Nice to see you tracking every at bat. From what I hear, the Nationals are working with Guzman to stop him from hitting off his front foot when he is batting left handed. That type of hitting might have worked on the turf in the Metrodome. Guzman is not striking out a lot and is making contact with the ball, so I am not overly concerned. Guzman is clearly a better hitter from the right side. It is going to take quite a while to retrain his batting stroke.
Guzman is doing a great job in the field. There is no one better on the bench. The team is at its salary limit. He is batting lower in the order.
Let's see if the Nationals are able to make a change by the All-Star break.

At 9:58 AM, Blogger DM said...

Thanks, Hubster. Good post. I agree with you there is no one better on the bench. But your info raises a question: should Guzman quit trying to be a switch hitter and stick with righty, at least for now? I know the R/L split is real and verified, but it seems there may be a point where it becomes secondary to the batter's talent/comfort level. Especially while he is trying to retrain his lefty swing.

At 2:31 PM, Blogger Sam said...

Skimming your site (first time here), I thought you might find this funny. I'm a Dodger's fan and I read a great Dodger site. I posted a link there to the "numbers are for sissies" article on F-Rob and got this pretty sharp comment:

"What guys like Robinson and [Joe] Morgan have against "statistics" I don't understand. They had pretty good ones. I'm not sure how we are supposed to tell them from anyone else otherwise.

Now, Cristian Guzman. He must hate statistics. "

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Sam said...

er, "Dodgers"

At 3:12 PM, Blogger DM said...

Sam, LOL at the Guzman crack. Thanks for posting. Hope you come back to Nats Blog again.

At 3:25 PM, Blogger SuperNoVa said...

Yes, Sam.

Thank you, come again.

At 3:52 PM, Blogger hubster20003 said...

DM, I have wondered myself why Guzman has not given up batting left handed. There is no point of being a .260 switch hitter. However, historically the Twins worked with Guzman for two years before giving up on him. So I do not know how receptive he really is to change.
I am really wondering if there is something wrong with his shoulder. I wonder if he has lost some strength or range in his right shoulder which limits his ability to pull the bat through the stike zone when he is batting from the left side. As a result, Guzman developed this sort of choppy downward swing.
There was a play, it may have been yesterday, when a ball was hit up the middle. I was wondering why Guzman did not attempt to dive for the ball. Ever since his injury in 2001 he has cut back on head first slides, changed his swing and is not aggresive in the field. I think he is favoring his right shoulder. It could be real or imagined.
I would like to see him give up the switch hitting. He still has enough speed both running and bat to be an effective hitter.


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