Guardians offense comes to life in series with Angels
The Cleveland Guardians offense has been mostly dormant this season, leaving a lot to be desired on an almost nightly basis. Luckily a visit from the Los Angeles Angels this past weekend woke up the Guardians offense from their deep slumber.
There are two key areas that the Guardians offense saw upticks in, runs and extra-base hits. Prior to the Angels coming to town Cleveland was 3.4 runs per game with just 2.3 hits of the extra-base variety. These two areas saw massive increases over the weekend, as Cleveland averaged 5.3 runs and 4.3 extra-base hits in three games.
The Guardians were able to tally seven doubles, two triples, and four home runs against Los Angeles' pitching staff. Three of the round trippers came courtesy of Josh Naylor, who put the team on his back in the 8th inning three days in a row. Having a bat like Naylor's warm up is an encouraging sign for this team.
Cleveland is still not where they want to be offensively, as they still rank near or at the bottom in runs and home runs. Their team OPS (.645) is still dead last in the sport, even though they have created some room between themselves and the bottom in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. This is progress considering that they were dead-last or close to it in all three of these areas less than a week ago.
While it is only a three game sample size, seeing that the Guardians bats are capable of what they accomplished shows that there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel. There are plenty of bats who have underperformed up to this point. Seeing multiple players finally wake up and start performing at the plate should lead to positive results moving forward.