The Cleveland Guardians did not have a good time in Queens. A three game series with the Mets was not what they needed and now they make their escape from New York after being swept.
It would be one thing if it was just three losses, games that the Guardians had no chance to win with the Mets winning by comfortable margins, but that was not the case. The combined run differential from the three game series? Three runs, that's right, one run was the difference in three straight games.
But that is not the end of it.
The Guardians actually held a lead in all three contests, with leads in the 8th inning or later twice. Even with the late game heroics of Jose Ramirez and Gabriel Arias, the Guardians still ended up on the wrong side of the final score. The ironic thing about all of this is that this is something that usually happens to the Mets, not against them.
Cleveland is really having a tough go of it as of late, dropping seven of their last 10 games and being outscored 52-38 over that span. Being outscored by nearly a run and a half over 10 games is far from acceptable, even if the 3.8 runs per game aveage is about a quarter of a run higher than their season average (3.56).
The longer this goes on and the more times this team lets victory slip through their fingers it is more than fair to question the viability of this squad. There were expectations have not been met this season and their current 20-26 record shows just that. It is going to be a long summer if this team continues to underperform and not deliver when called upon. There is a lot season left, but it is hard to put a lot of faith in a team that has the second-worst run total in all of baseball at the moment.