This just has not been the best of season for Jesus Guzman. That’s why the San Diego Padres had to be somewhat heartened on Tuesday to see Guzman get two base hits, drive in a run and score a run. The Padres lost 4-1 against the Boston Red Sox and continue to struggle with a 40-44 record.
Guzman’s bat showed the pop that the Padres haven’t seen for most of the season. He hadn’t been consistent at the plate and the team has struggled as well, especially when they should be taking advantage of decent pitching. They left 12 batters on base against the Red Sox. Guzman, however, was able to come up with some timely hitting.
San Diego will need Guzman to pick up that hitting in the second half of the season if they’re to get back over the .500 mark. He’s been in a slump his last 10 games, batting .192. The Padres are hoping decent performances like the one Tuesday against the Red Sox will get his bat to be far more consistent.
He’s been in the league for six years and Guzman for his career has been hitting the ball better than he is now. His career batting average is .266 compared to .226 right now. His slugging percentage of .425 for his career is better than .372 for this season.
The Padres don’t have a lot of power in their lineup so they’re relying on players like Guzman to come through in a key way. Now’s the time for him to deliver. The Padres need it.