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Rangers won’t move slumping Vladimir Guerrero out of the cleanup spot

Oct 19, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

Texas Rangers Workout Session

Vladimir Guerrero is 7-for-32 (.219) with one RBI in eight playoff games after hitting just .278/.322/.426 in the second half, but manager Ron Washington made it very clear that he won’t be moving out of the cleanup spot:

That’s the way I ran the lineup all year and it’s going to stay that way. A guy of Vlad’s stature, he’s only one swing away from doing damage. He’s our No. 4 hitter and he’s going to stay that way.

Guerrero was the Rangers’ cleanup hitter in all 145 games he started this season, so Washington declining to make a change in the playoffs is hardly surprising, but with Nelson Cruz hitting well now after out-producing Guerrero by 100 points of OPS during the regular season a change would make plenty of sense.

  1. Jonny 5 - Oct 19, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Good call Ron. No one reaches out and hits a great out of the zone pitch like Vlad can. He had one last night that was well below the knees and in. Two RBI or something from it, maybe 1. He’s dangerous no matter who’s pitching, you can’t find weapons like that. I like how Ron manages, kinda like charlie manuel. Look at Brad lidge. he would have been done if it were any other skipper. now he’s doing great.

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