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  1. His strikeout and walk rates are both down quite a bit from his career averages. I think he’s not being as aggressive or swinging as hard as he used to, but that is definitely speculation.

    Comment by Horned Owl — July 6, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

  2. “My first theory would be that Gutierrez’s gastrointestinal issue may have resulted in the loss of some muscle mass,”

    Loss of any mass would have an impact. With gastritis, weight loss is extremely common. As he was 6’2″, 190 pounds, if he drops 20 lbs. (not an uncommon amount for even women at ~130 lbs prior to onset), at 170 it is very likely this is the primary factor in his power outage.

    Comment by TDillon — July 6, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

  3. Even if Gutierrez never comes back, that J.J. Putz trade is still looking pretty good for the M’s these days, having netted them Jason Vargas and Brendan Ryan (acquired for Maikel Cleto, who was in the trade). Maybe Jack Wilson as well (it was part of a larger trade, but Wilson basically offset Ronny Cedeno, who in turn was acquired for Aaron Heilman).

    Comment by Random Guy — July 6, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

  4. At spring training he was reported to have lost “over fifteen pounds” — and most of that would be muscle (it’s not like he had much body fat in 2010). And he continued to lose weight over the next month or so after that report as doctors tried to figure out the problem. I doubt he’s regained all of that yet, particularly since he’s on strict dietary restrictions that probably aren’t very compatible with the kind of calorie loading needed to build up muscle quickly.

    Comment by joser — July 6, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

  5. I was watching the game last night and remarked to my girlfriend, who agreed, that Guti looks much thinner than he did last year. I’m sure he’s still suffering the effects of that gastrointestinal problem.

    Comment by Zobmie — July 6, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  6. It’s actually that his aggressiveness is up. He’s hitting tons of pitches, just not hard. That’s why both his strikeout and walk rates are down — he’s seeing less pitches before he swings the bat. Dave Cameron had a pretty good little post about this on USS Mariner not that long ago.

    Comment by thehemogoblin — July 6, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

  7. As one who’s recovering from salmonella, I can speak firsthand about how devastating such a medical condition can be. The loss of nutrients during illness totally saps the energy, and if antibiotics are taken then one must repopulate the “good” intestinal bacteria so that gastric health is regained.

    I’m not sure how severe Guti’s illness was or what his recovery plan is, but he’s looked gaunt and not that well since returning. I don’t know if we’ll see a fully recovered Flying Things Killer this year; just hope he’s able to get back his well-being before too long. Eat lots of yogurt, Franklin!

    Comment by Mike B. — July 6, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

  8. Or maybe he’s just not that good with a bat in his hands. And he’s not getting any younger ….

    Comment by Oasis — July 6, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

  9. He’s not this bad. As hemogoblin says, his approach is different this year along with his results.

    Comment by goyo70 — July 6, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

  10. What’s eating Guti?

    I would say recovering from IBS…

    Comment by beastwarking — July 6, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

  11. Gutierrez and stomach jokes have been banned from Lookout Landing, so my first reply to the headline of this article was to just post “BOOOOOO!”.

    But, then again, this isn’t LL.

    Comment by The Typical Idiot Fan — July 6, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

  12. I swear I wasn’t trying to be punny, in retrospect probably not the best title choice…

    Comment by Jack Moore — July 6, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

  13. Stuff’s for real though. As one who’s suffered from Crohn’s Disease, I can attest to the major impact any type of IBS can have on a person. I’ve lost almost 50 pounds from it before and I currently stand at 6’3″ 190 in a “healthy” state. Much of the lost mass is muscle, too, so that’s a real detriment to anything involving physical ability. It generally takes me at least 6 months to get back into decent shape.

    I’d say it’s fair to blame a decent portion of Gutierrez’s troubles on his GI issue. I know I sure as hell have trouble with it, and this is coming from a person who runs daily and tries to stay in at least decent shape.

    Comment by JoeyPajamas — July 6, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

  14. Steroids are probably to blame

    Comment by David — July 7, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

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