Five takeaways from Guardians series with the Yankees
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4. Guardians are running wild
One of the more expected outcomes of the new rules was the increase of stolen bases leaguewide and the Guardians are no exception. Cleveland stole four bases against New York, boosting their league-leading stolen base total to 19. To compare, New York stole just one base during the three-game series in Cleveland.
Considering the Guardians lack of home run power and needing to manufacture runs with methods that the new rules incentivize, expect more stolen bases for Cleveland as they look to repeat as one of the best base stealing teams in baseball. (The Guardians 119 steals in 2022 was third-most last season).