Guzman hits for cycle and sets record

September 4, 2008

I have often criticized Christian Guzman, and it isn’t without warrant. His lack of plate discipline and power can be crippling to production, if you don’t believe me, see 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 . But over the last few days he has done a few remarkable things. The first is hit for the cycle. This is a great feat, and while is pretty luck dependent (if he hadn’t been thrown out at second, he’d have had a better game, but no cycle), it is still something special, uncommon, and exciting in a season lacking for exciting from the Nats. He also has had 2 hits or more in 8 consecutive games, something that no Washington player has done in 75 years. This is a franchise record, and its important because it shows how good Guzman can be when he’s hot. All this was enough to give him a well-deserved NL player of the week award. Read the rest of this entry »