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Adam Kennedy is at second base today and should be there more moving forward.
Somewhere along the way, the plan changed. Desmond became the everyday shortstop and Guzman became the regular second baseman, leaving Kennedy rotting on the bench. When the veteran did play, he struggled at the plate and in the field.
So today, Riggleman made it clear he intends to go back to the original plan. Kennedy is in the lineup starting at second base against the Mets, and he figures to get significantly more time there moving forward.
"Earlier in the year, we were winning more games when that rotation there was more involved," Riggleman said. "I kind of fell into the trap. When Cristian Guzman was just tearing the cover off the ball, it just became too hard not to put him in there. And when I did that, I allowed a little rust to get on Kennedy and [Alberto] Gonzalez."
Guzman hit .345 in his first 39 games this season. In 32 games since then (30 of them starts), he's batting just .231. Kennedy, meanwhile, is batting .206 over his last 36 games (only 16 of them starts).
"I think I'm going to have to avoid the temptation of always playing the hot hand and keep Kennedy and those others involved," Riggleman said. "It seems to work better for us. A lot of clubs, their lineups work better when they put those same eight guys out there every day. But that's not what works best for us."