Having taken two of three in Baltimore, the Cleveland Guardians are off to a great start in their road trip. And that is all before they start seeing a few arms make their way back to their rotation. Pitching is always at a premium and there is no such thing as having too much. Putting things in perspective, the Guardians are making their way back in the division. Yes, there is still plenty of work to do, but they are working on closing the gap between themselves and the Twins.
Previous seasons have seen the focus squarely on the postseason as they’ve been the favorite or close second more often than not. Right now, the focus is on the bats getting warm and staying that way. It has been a struggle for the offense to show any sort of consistency this season resulting in frustrating outings on a regular basis. Driving the ball with authority has been an issue, but Wednesday’s finale showed signs of life in that department. Even after the first two months of the season, there is hope.
Many things can change over the course of a season, even a span of 55 games can have a wide range of variance in the play of a team. On the positive side of the spectrum, the Guardians seem to be remembering how to hit, and that is a good thing. Not too often can a team underwhelm and underperform to the level that the Guardians have and still be in the division. Thankfully the American League Central is incredibly weak, allowing for such a poor start to be overcome. Hopefully the Guardians can keep things going on the right track and continue to close the gap during their four game set with the Twins to kick off the month of June.