Guillen drops slumping Quentin to sixth
April, 22, 2010
By Bruce Levine
Carlos Quentin's slump has forced Chicago White Soxmanager Ozzie Guillen to drop his right fielder from third to sixth in the batting order.
Scott Boehm/Getty ImagesCarlos Quentin was in an 0-for-20 slump heading into Thursday's game against the Rays.
"When the team is not scoring runs and you come to the plate and try to hit home runs, that's the wrong way to approach it," Guillen said. "You shouldn't change who you are and what your job is. We told him to just be himself."
Guillen was asked what is going wrong with Quentin.
"I think Carlos right now is going crazy," Guillen said. "I think every pitch he is guessing on the wrong pitch. He's too soon on the breaking ball, too late on the fastball. When he is swinging the bat good, he's got to drive it to right-center. Right now he is just swinging too much, not looking for a particular pitch."
Quentin entered Thursday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays batting .176 in an 0-for-20 skid at the plate.
"We have to stay positive here as individuals and as a team," Quentin said. "There's working too hard, there's working too little, there's different ways going about different things."
Quentin didn't seem too concerned about getting dropped to sixth in the lineup.
"As long as I get a chance to hit," he said. "Obviously, I'm hitting in the sixth hole and that decision was made to help the team win. I'll go out there and compete in every at-bat I have, and look for good things to happen."
Quentin said that at times he hasn't been comfortable in the batters box lately. An incessant hard worker, Quentin is known as someone who internalizes. In other words, he is somewhat uptight about his habits and work ethic.
"He was fun in spring training," Guillen said. "Now the lights on, and he has gone back to being Carlos Quentin. That's just the way he is. No one is going to change me, and I'm not going to change anybody. The only problem is, he's swinging at too many bad pitches."
If there is a silver lining in the Quentin story this season, it's that he has been healthy all spring, something he and the White Sox were concerned with after an injury-plagued 2009 season.