The Houston Astros had a huge void to fill at first this offseason. Instead of forking out the money to sign a big-name guy, they went for a dark horse candidate in Jesus Guzman, a career pinch hitter and a fairly successful one at that. But he had never had everyday experience, and that was the logic behind the signing.
Well, after racking up a home run and two RBIs in the season opener, Guzman has been completely nonexistent. He hasn’t recorded an RBI since Apr. 6. That’s 55 at-bats without an RBI from a guy who was supposed to be hitting in the middle of the order. He was supposed to fill the power void that the Astros had last year as well, and he has done anything but that.
Guzman is hitting .197 on the season and just .063 in May. He’s become a void in and of himself, unable to produce any sort of offense. While the Astros have been wise enough to drop him lower and lower in the order, he’s still a liability on the roster and needs to be replaced.
It cannot be much longer before the highly-touted Jon Singleton gets the call. He’s been destroying Triple-A pitching and could not do any worse than Guzman is currently.
Guzman is almost a carbon copy of Chris Carter except without the power upside. What does that mean? He clearly has no place on this roster; there’s a reason he’s been a career pinch hitter.