Three Guardians batters who need to get it together
1. Josh Bell
Last but not least, and certainly not surprising to see here is Josh Bell. Bell has not been able to produce much of anything at the plate so far and that is incredibly disappointing. Cleveland signed Bell to provide a power boost to their light hitting lineup and not much has come of it. All three of Bell's hits this season are singles and that is not at all what the Guardians signed up for when agreeing to terms prior to the season. Bell's 13 strikeouts are tied with Amed Rosario for most on the team, not exactly a category anyone wants to be leading in.
The only thing saving grace numbers wise is that Bell has walked nine times this season, tying Myles Straw for a team-high. Without those walks Bell's 2023 would be off to an even more disastrous start than it already is. There is plenty of time for Bell to turn things around, but it is worth noting that Bell has already been dropped in the lineup due to his lack of production. The quick trigger to move Bell down from Terry Francona speaks volumes as he not one to shift the lineup quickly.
Bell has shown in the past that he can be a productive bat. The concern here is that Bell has struggled since a trade to San Diego last season. The Guardians are going to need Bell to remember how to hit and not be the near automatic out he currently is.