Eddie Guardado is frustrated. Guardado has give up seven runs on nine hits in only three innings so far.
The problem, he said, is location.
“I'm not going to blow anybody way," he said. "I'll get a strikeout here and there. If I'm going to be successful – like I have been – location is big part of it. I’m not locating the ball well.”
Guardado pointed to Prince Fielder's at-bat Saturday night. Fielder doubled to right.
“I had Fielder 0-2," Guardado said. "I throw him a slider that hangs up. I don’t give up many 0-2 hits when I’m doing good. That’s location. But I feel the ball’s coming out of my hand (well). I throw some (split-fingers) that down. I throw some that are hanging up. Those are the ones that get crushed.”
The Reds are in a tough spot. Guardado took the spot of Jon Coutlangus, who was a useful arm in the bullpen. Until he gets straightened, Guardado out is probably on mop-up duty. He understands.
"I wouldn't want to use me when we're winning," he said. "I'll find it. I've pitched too long not to find it.”