It's biweekly guest blog time for me over at Brock & Salk, and the topic in this edition is Franklin Gutierrez now, as compared to Franklin Gutierrez in 2009. It's a bittersweet post, of which the first two paragraphs are pasted below:
In case you hadn't noticed -- or even if you had -- thehave provided an awful lot of reasons for hope, lately. Aside from getting continued contributions from guys like , and , the M's have seen supply power from the left side. They've seen supply power from the right side. They've seen do everything in his first cup of coffee. They've seen catch absolute fire. And they've seen Franklin Gutierrez show legitimate signs of life.
Just about six weeks ago, Gutierrez went into the All-Star break with a .187 average. Worse, it was an empty .187 average, as his OBP was .218 and he was slugging .227. For a good amount of time, Guti was Guti in the field, but he wasat the plate.
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