The Cleveland Guardians have not been a particularly good team this season and their 23-29 record shows just that. Add in their -38 run differential on top of scoring the fewest runs in baseball and it easy to see why they check in low in the lastest power rankings from The Score. Cleveland checks in at 25, four spots lower than where they were in the previous power rankings from this outlet. As with most lists like this, there are reasons to justify their spot and it is hard to argue with.
"Perhaps the most damning thing about the Guardians is that they've managed to hit only 30 homers this year. That's 10 more than Pete Alonso. Rookie Tanner Bibee has been their best starter in May, posting a 3.14 ERA and 3.43 FIP in five outings. Over the same month, Myles Straw, Andres Gimenez, and Josh Bell have been among the worst hitters in MLB, while Cal Quantrill has looked very hittable. It's rough."
At the current moment there is not a lot to be excited big picture wise about this Guardians team. Sure, seeing Tanner Bibee strike out a career-high on Saturday and Jose Ramirez' walk-off double Sunday is great, but this is a team that is still massively underachieving. The frustrating thing about this team is that there is plenty of talent, it just has not clicked yet. At some point it should, but that point needs to come soon or it wil be too late.
Cleveland heads on out the road to face the Orioles and Twins in what could end up being a crucial seven game stretch. If the Guardians can somehow close the gap between themselves and Minnesota things could get interesting in the American League Central. If not, it will be about the time to start firing up trade rumors and thinking about how this team can retool for future seasons while waving the white flag on 2023.