The Cleveland Guardians offense is suddenly inept

CLEVELAND, OHIO - AUGUST 19: Amed Rosario #1 of the Cleveland Guardians reacts after striking out during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on August 19, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - AUGUST 19: Amed Rosario #1 of the Cleveland Guardians reacts after striking out during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on August 19, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Things aren’t going so well for the Guardians at the moment, despite maintaining a razor-thin one-game lead in the AL Central over the Twins.

Perhaps we all knew the BABIP gods would come for them in the end, but it’s still not easy to watch the Guardians offense sputter to almost a complete stop over the past week. At least Cleveland managed to squeeze out one run in Friday’s 6-1 loss over the Mariners, breaking a streak of 27 consecutive scoreless innings, which is the longest such streak for the team since 1991.

Yikes.

All of a sudden, the entire team has gone ice-cold at the plate, and the bottom of the order especially is a nightmare zone. It’s not pretty, and most nights right now, it’s best to look away. Not scoring runs against the Mariners is one thing, but against the Orioles’ starting rotation? That’s when you know things are bleak.

Perhaps the saving grace here is that September just started, and there’s time for the Guardians to once again find favor in the BABIP gods. Not to mention Cleveland has eight games left with the Twins starting next weekend, and that will really make or break this final stretch for both teams. But it would be nice to figure out the offense before then.

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