The 2022 Cleveland Guardians played a unique style of offense, putting the ball in play, stringing hits together and not relying on the home run. Despite having the sixth-most hits in MLB, they finished the season right in the middle of the pack with 698 runs, which ranked 15th in the league, ahead of just the Rays among teams that made the postseason. However, Cleveland ranked 29th in MLB with just 127 home runs. The only team that hit less was the Tigers with 110.
While slugging was not their M.O. this season, they do have two finalists for the 2022 Silver Slugger Awards. The Silver Slugger recognizes the top offensive player at each position in each league. There are four finalists announced for each position, which will be voted on by three coaches and the manager from each team in the league, with the winners being announced on November 10.
Let’s take a look at Cleveland’s two finalists for the 2022 season and their competition in the ongoing voting.