Guardians offense keeps rolling in second consecutive series win

Cleveland Guardians v Seattle Mariners
Cleveland Guardians v Seattle Mariners / Alika Jenner/GettyImages

There may have been some concerns about the sustainability of the offensive output of the Cleveland Guardians following their opening series win against the Oakland Athletics. The A's are not a good team by any means, and that does not seem to be changing any time soon. A much better test of Cleveland's offensive capabilities was going to be during their second series in Seattle against the Mariners. Considering how things went, it is safe to say the Guardians passed the test.

The Guardians racked up 29 hits en route to scoring 17 runs in three games, taking two of them to win their second consecutive series to start the season. It was a slowish start in the first game, as they scored four runs on six hits in a close 5-4 loss. Even though this would end up being their second consecutive loss (dropping a game to Oakland 4-3 the day before), it did not linger as things turned around for the Guardians the very next day.

Cleveland would go on to win the next two games by comfortable margins. A 5-2 win evened up the series at one game apiece in Game 2, while an 8-0 performance in the series finale secured the series win for the Guardians. The offense would rack up 12 and 11 hits, respectively, in both contests, propelling the team to victory.

Eight of Cleveland's 29 hits collected in the series went for extra-bases, for a total of 27.6%. This is slightly down from the 40.5% (17 of. 42) from the Oakland series, but that was to be expected somewhat, considering that Seattle has a better pitching staff and Cleveland's run dropping by about 1.5 runs per game (7.25 to 5.7). This is nothing to be concerned or alarmed about, as their current season rates of 6.6 runs and 3.6 extra-base hits per game would be more than enough to win games on a consistent basis.

Obviously, there will be a correction of sorts coming, as these numbers would have them surpass last year's totals by a substantial margin. But for now, the Guardians offense is humming, and that is something to be very encouraged about.