Reason 1 why the Guardians are still in the American League Central division race: The American League Central stinks
In case anyone has been living under a rock, the American League Central is not a good division. It is the only division in baseball without a team above .500. For a brief moment there were zero teams with a winning record, but Minnesota was able to climb back to 33-33 on the year. There is a very solid case to make that this is the worst division in baseball with the National League Central being the only competition, if you can call it that. When a division is this bad and the difference between first and fourth place is only 5.5 games, only the team in last place is truly out of it.