Quentin's benching gets reprieve
May, 12, 2010
By Bruce Levine
MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Quentin is back in the lineup Wednesday only because Andruw Jones came up with a stiff neck.
Scott Boehm/Getty ImagesCarlos Quentin has a supporter in White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen brought Quentin into his office an hour before the game and talked to him about his approach and put him back in the lineup batting sixth.
Quentin, who is batting .185 with four home runs and 20 RBIs, was being benched because he struck out three times in Tuesday night's game. Guillen wanted him to have a couple of days off in a row considering they also have an off day Thursday.
"I think to me Carlos right now is desprate for a base hit," Guillen said. "Sunday he walked a couple of times, he had some hits, he made them throw strikes to him. Right now he's swinging at bad pitches. He's caught in between on his swings. I've never seen Carlos swing at as many bad pitches as I've seen him do this year."
Quentin had a breakout season in 2008 hitting 36 home runs and driving in 100 runs in five months. Guillen doesn't think that year is a aberration.
"I don't think when you put up those numbers that you're lucky," Guillen said. "This guy has talent. You watch [Minnesota Twins catcher Joe] Mauer hit, it's unbelievable. He goes to bat very relaxed and hits the ball where it's pitched. That's a professional hitter. Take what they give you."
Quentin is a more relaxed player and maturity is certainly a sign of that as he prepares to tackle this latest slump.
"Definitely two or three years ago this would have been a little rougher for me," Quentin said. "I mature every year and try to be professional about everything and deal with it accordingly."