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Guzman: NL co-player of the week

Perhaps the best thing about Cristian Guzman's week is that it buried the several weeks that came beforehand. In the last seven games, the Nats -- and the entire National League -- has seen Guzman at his best. He's had seven straight multi-hit games, becoming the first DC-based player to do so since 1969. (Hank Allen was the man who last did it.) Guzman's recent, torrid stretch is especially comforting for the Nats because of the slump he was in beforehand.

Between the all star break and August 25, he was hitting .181.

72 ABs, 13 H, 2 2B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, .236 SLG

And in the week since, he's batting .529.

34 ABs, 18 H, 4 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, .794 SLG.

For the games played between Aug. 25-31, Guzman today was named the NL's co-player of the week, sharing the award with Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo.

"This is my first time," Guzman said. "I like that. I am trying to win it again."

Guzman is getting the day off today, and part of that is because Washington simply needs to see its young middle infielders. (Starting today at SS, Alberto Gonzalez.) But it's also because Guzman's thumb still isn't 100 percent, and won't be until the end of the season.

Asked why Guzman is out of the lineup today, Manager Manny Acta said this: "A combination. Off-day. September call-ups. Thumb."

Looks like Guzman, barring a pinch-hit appearance tonight, will have to wait until tomorrow to continue his hot streak. And how does he top this week? "Oh," Guzman said, "maybe hit three home runs in one game."

By Chico Harlan  |  September 2, 2008; 6:55 PM ET
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And a well deserved day off it is. Thanks Cristian!
It'll be interesting seeing the hot MI combo back in action. Lannan hold the line, buddy... 3 up, 3 down in the 1st.

Posted by: cat daddy | September 2, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

"Flores flied into double play center, Dukes out at second."

Can anyone tell me what happened here? Did Tolman hold Belliard and Dukes didn't notice?

Posted by: cat daddy | September 2, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

The lack of a real first baseman cost us 2 runs there. A real 1B stretches and gets the DP on Ruiz's grounder.

Posted by: Steven on Capitol Hill | September 2, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Cat Daddy:

Flores hit a bloop to center that both runners thought would drop, but was caught, dukes was doubled off second.

Posted by: Wigi | September 2, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

and then there were none...

Posted by: Agatha | September 2, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Utley just got his revenge against Lannan. He needs to be plunked.

I guess we will see Luke Montz afterall.

Posted by: Positively Half St. | September 2, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

That's a broken leg, I bet, for Jesus. We should have know there would be payback for the good times.

Posted by: baltova | September 2, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Jesus H. Flores

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Carpy just said broken as well, but he was speculating. Let's hope not.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | September 2, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Currently at the game...
Any word on Flores (too high up to see what exactly happened)?

Cheers and thx.
Hoping for the best...

Posted by: nats del negro | September 2, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

please hit him, John

Posted by: nook logan circle | September 2, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Felipe Lopez has batted .369 for the Cardinals in the little over a month since he was let go - raising his BA 22 points, his slugging % over 40 points and OBP 20 points.

Posted by: FLop for MVP | September 3, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

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