3 problems holding upstart 2022 Cleveland Guardians back

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3. Cleveland Guardians problem: Let Gimenez play every day

Andres Gimenez, at the age of 23, deserves to be an All-Star. Heck, he could very well end up starting the game if the voting goes right. Unfortunately, doubters of his talent will point to this one stat: He’s essentially a platoon player.

Gimenez has just 30 plate appearances against left-handed pitching. Take the small sample size for what it’s worth, but he is batting .393 against southpaws and .302 (.853 OPS) overall.

Perhaps its Gimenez’s youthful age and Terry Francona is trying to get him acclimated to big-league pitching, but the former Met is clearly the future of one of the middle infield positions. Basically, he’s really good, so why he’s out every time a left-hander is on the bump.

Maybe Gimenez will see more time once Amed Rosario is traded.He’s well respected in the clubhouse and has been a team player for moving to the outfield, but ultimately, something has to give with Rosario considering the stockpile of middle infielders in the organization.

Josh Naylor should be at first, while Owen Miller should take second, for now. That leaves Gimenez at short.

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Perhaps the front office is trying to showcase him. If that’s the case, it’s working as Rosario is off to a hot start in June, batting  .377 (.906 OPS).