Nats' Acta defends Guzman
Entering Saturday’s action, Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman is hitting .304 with three home runs with 23 RBIs. However, he is in a 6-for-47 [.128] slump and his defense has been shaky.
In fact, the Nationals are looking for a new shortstop because they have been alarmed that Guzman is having a hard time going to his left when trying to field a ground ball.
Manager Manny Acta is one guy who defended Guzman by saying one can’t expect Guzman to get the job done every night.
“I see a human being,” Acta said. “In the course of 162 games, every player is going to go through a tough time. He is going through a slump right now. The same thing happened to Ryan Zimmerman.
“It’s a long season. Every one of these guys are going to go through a tough time — offensively and defensively. They are human. That’s why we have to have the patience. It’s very difficult for every one of these guys to be on top of their game for 162 games of the baseball season.”