Jim Riggleman was asked a couple times today why he's not playing his young, improving players and benching the declining veterans. He didn't take too kindly to it, lecturing the assembled media that "When we play baseball, we're supposed to try to win."
I agree with that, though of course it's a false choice.
No one's advocating that the Nationals don't try to win. The point that I and other are making is that we should, whenever possible, invest playing time in improving young players so that the team can actually get better. We might win fewer games in the short term but we'll more games in the medium term and long term.
Of course, none of that has anything to do with Cristian Guzman and Ian Desmond. Guzman over the last 21 games going into tonight is hitting .183 / .212 / .268. He's on an extended skid and should sit regardless. And yeah, he's had a hot streak here or there, but since May 9, he's hitting .277 / .304 / .387. That's bad.
And he's a just plain rotten fielder.
So what exactly does "trying to win" have to do with playing Cristian Guzman?
Get off your high horse, Fizzleman. Bench Guzman. Play Desmond.