Monday, July 25, 2005

The Guzman Virus

So I was reading CBS Sportsline's recap of Sunday's game, and I could not finish it, because this sentence left me too stunned to continue:
The Nationals are hitting .170 since the All-Star break.
Good Lord! It's contagious!!!


At 9:50 AM, Blogger El Gran Color Naranja said...

I watched Guzman bat yesterday. Today a judge said that even though I got into my fifth fatal car accident, I should be allowed to work out of my "slump". Then he gave me a few million dollars. This virus has it's benefits. I do think I've gained some weight though...

At 12:22 PM, Anonymous stuart said...

So this team has trouble scoring runs, right? So why does the person who's managing this time routinely leave its best hitter(Church) out of his lineup. Indeed, does any other team, regardless of its level of success, routinely leave its best hitter out of the lineup?
That lineup on Sunday was a recipe for lack of runs, and thus another powerful testament to Robinson's utter incompetence. I can understand that Schneider sometimes needs a rest, but when that Bennett is substituted, you lose a great deal of offensive punch. So, on the same day that you choose to do this, do you also platoon Byrd for Church? And then, on top of that, insert Guzman for Carroll?
Robinson's work here was very offfensive, but not in the sense that the team needs it to be.

At 1:13 PM, Blogger Basil said...

.170? Are you kidding? Lawd . .

Even the 1899 Cleveland Spiders hit better than .170! (Okay, they hit .253 in a league with a .282 BA.)

At 11:20 AM, Blogger Raphy said...

The lineup needs to be upgraded -- Brad Wilkerson and Vinny Castilla both had great starts, but neither is middle-of-the-order guy that scares pitchers and it's quite likely that Guzman's not slumping, but that he's just not a good Major League batter.

Jose Guillen, Nick Johnson and Jose Vidro are all solid players to build around, but this team needs to get some more bats.

But as Rob Neyer points out, they can't hit any worse than they have since the 11-game 1-run loss streak started, and there isn't a whole lot of competition for the Wild Card, so there are reasons to be hopeful.


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