4 role players who are making a difference for the Cleveland Guardians on the field and 2 who aren't

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The Cleveland Guardians have burst out of the gate in 2024, and it certainly looks like they are for real. With an offense that has rebounded from 2023's disaster and an MLB-best 16-6 record entering Monday, the Guardians are a team that is more than deserving of praise and leaguewide attention.

A big part of their early success has been the contributions of their role players. There are four players in particular who have been able to make an impact so far, and that has ultimately played a huge factor in winning six out of their first seven series to begin the season. Being able to get this type of production out of non-starters is the hallmark of playoff-caliber teams, and this was an area they did not get nearly enough out of last season. 

While the production from a few of their role players has helped the Guardians to begin the year, there are a couple that have not been able to do much of anything so far. Even though there is plenty of time in the season for these players to turn things around, they may find themselves looking for work elsewhere relatively soon if they are unable to do so in the near future.

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