Amed Rosario collects four hits in win over Detroit
There are many Cleveland Guardians players who were in need of a breakout game and Amed Rosario was near the top of that list. 2023 has not been kind to Rosario so far and a multi-hit performance was needed in the worst way. Cleveland's shortstop did more than just have a run of the mill multi-hit performance, Rosario went 4-4 with a triple and a run batted in. This was exactly what he and the Guardians needed to get a much needed 2-0 win over Detroit.
With the win in hand, Cleveland now has a chance to win consecutive series for the first time since starting the season on the road against Seattle and Oakland. The Guardians currently trail Minnesota by two games in the division and hold a slight half game lead over Detroit. More outings like this from Rosario could help close the gap and perhaps even overtake the Twins sooner rather than later.
It has been a struggle for Amed Rosario
Coming into Tuesday's game, Rosario was hitting just .217 on the year, around 65 points lower than previous two years. While there are plenty of things to have an issue with when it comes to Rosario, such as his place in the batting order, everyone knew he is a much more capable batter than what he was showing.
This was Rosario's sixth multi-hit game of the season and his first since April 23rd, a 4-5 outing in a 7-4 win over Miami, The games between these four-hit outings have not been great as he batted just .149 with seven hits in 47 at-bats in 12 games.
All it takes is a couple multi-hit games and a nice hitting streak to correct his numbers. While Rosario's slash line still has some work to do (.242/.284/.339), the fact it was able to make a meaningful jump so it is closer to his .282/.316/.406 mark over the last two years is significant.
If Rosario is able to get back to where he should be as a hitter it will go a long way for the Guardians. Rosario's spot in the lineup (second) is pretty much solidifed as long as Terry Francona is the manager of this team. Sandwiched between Steven Kwan and Jose Ramirez, this Guardians team will go as Rosario goes, for better or for worse.