PHOENIX, Ariz. — In Friday’s second inning, Jesus Guzman, playing third base for the Giants, dropped Jermaine Dye’s leadoff smash but recovered the ball quickly, as solid infielders do. Then Guzman overthrew first base, as solid infielders don’t. Thus, two of Chicago’s three runs in the inning were unearned.
True, Guzman saved Thursday’s victory over the White Sox with a diving play to his right. But he’s clearly inconsistent afield.
And his hitting skills would atrophy if the Giants kept him on the Opening Day roster as a reserve. To repeat, he has to play, hit and improve defensively, even if the improvement is only marginal.
– Chris H.