Five takeaways from Guardians series with the Yankees
5. Guardians do not have a large margin for error
In the two straight losses to New York it was a miscue of some sorts that led to things spiraling and the Yankees taking advantage. The reality is that the Guardians margin for error is not particularly large.
Hunter Gaddis hitting Anthony Rizzo followed by a walk to Gleybor Torres put the Yankees in position to take advantage Tuesday. While not entirely his fault, Andres Gimenez' attempted throw to home which hit crew chief Larry Vanover in the head resulted in a second Yankees run coming across to score. New York would tie the game and ultimately take the lead, handing Cleveland their second straight loss.
What this comes down to is the margin for error for both teams. Cleveland's is rather small while New York's is quite large. The Yankees know that they have enough star power to come back in the most adversity-filled situations. This includes the strange series of events which lead to Cleveland scoring first and Yankee manager Aaron Boone getting tossed in the first inning. This was a situation tailor-made for the Guardians to add on runs and come away with a win, but they were unable to navigate the rest of the game and allowing New York to come back. There is not a better indicator of the difference in the margin for error for both teams and how they approach less than optimal situations than how the final game of the series unfolded.