Small Ball Only Gets You So Far
The Guardians’ brand of baseball all season has been to get on base and string together enough hits to win games, and that proved to be true as they ranked second-to-last in home runs this year with 127 (behind only the Detroit Tigers with 110). This method might have gotten them to the playoffs, but it is clear that this is not a sustainable method in the long run.
A common factor between the four teams in the Championship Series was that they were the top four teams in home runs during the postseason, all into the double-digits. Granted, these teams played more games in the postseason but in the regular season these four teams ranked first, fourth, sixth, and 24th in home runs across the league.
There is nothing wrong with adding a little balance to a team that seems to have a solid foundation already in place. There are many pieces that look to be somewhat realistic free agents next year that could add a much-needed power boost, such as J.D. Martinez and Anthony Rizzo.