For those hoping that the brew-ha-ha at Yankee Stadium would rattle the Cleveland Guardians into top form, well, it didn’t, as the team now owns a seven-game losing streak heading into a three-game tilt against the A’s this weekend.
Cleveland can’t consistently score. In Game 3, it took Jose Ramirez having a two-homer game for the squad to score five runs. In the three other games, Cleveland managed just two measly runs in 27 innings of baseball.
The Guards went from top of the Central heading into New York to a half game out of last following the Angels’ series.
At 7-12, the Guardians are 4.0 back behind the first-place Twins.
Here’s three duds and stud from the forgettable series against LA.
1. Dud, Amed Rosario: It’s frustrating the Guardians could swing a trade involving the shortstop/left fielder. Andres Gimenez is better defensively. Steven Kwan is the better fit for left. There’s a glut of prospects the Guardians have to find out about who are middle infielders.
What’s Tito to do with Rosario. Well, keep playing him seems to be status quo, even as the former Met struggles.
He was 2-for-17 in the Angels series and didn’t draw one walk. He’s batting .211 and carries an on-base percentage of .258. I don’t know how Francona can continue to bat him second.
2. Dud, Franmil Reyes: It’s still early, but yikes, it’s hard to watch Reyes even attempt an at-bat at this point. He was 0-14 against LA and walked just once. He struck out 10 times in the four-game series, earning the Golden Sombrero in Game 3.
Josh Naylor needs to hit behind Jose Ramirez until Reyes can, at the very least, make contact.
In 72 plate appearances, Reyes has just two extra base hits, both of which are home runs. That is alarming.
3. Dud, Zach Plesac went 3.2 innings, allowing six runs off seven hits. He actually got some run support with the Guards scoring an astounding five runs! Plesac’s dud did the team in, though. A quality start here and Cleveland probably would’ve won.
4. Stud, Jose Ramirez: Four hits in the series, including a multi-homer game make J-Ram Babe Ruth. Unfortunately, he only gets to bat once every nine at bats.