The Cleveland Guardians series loss to the Colorado Rockies isn’t a good thing, but it’s not panic time yet.
The Cleveland Guardians’ offense went cold against the Colorado Rockies, or should I say, has been cold heading into the series. The Guardians have lost three series in a row, and five of their last six to fall to 12-13 on the season. While some people are freaking out already online, it’s important to note that it’s not even May yet.
Terry Francona’s team is, historically, very slow to start. This thing happens a lot with Francona-led teams. He lets guys fight out of slumps, and it works. Last year, the Guardians were a middling team through May but at the end of May, they started winning series after series after series.
Considering the team is dealing with injuries to starters Aaron Civale, and Triston McKenzie and the fall of Shane Bieber from an Ace to just a very good pitcher, the team is holding itself together all things considered.
But things are coming together. The team has seen Logan Allen and Tanner Bibee debut in the back-to-back series. Both men went about six innings while matching one another for eight strikeouts a piece. They are both ace-caliber starters and are the next in line to carry this team.
And while the offense isn’t matching the optimism of the rotation right now, the guys are finding their swings. The whole team had a slump, even Jose Ramirez, but slumps end. This team will find its winning ways soon; history has told us that much.
This is the most talented team they’ve had since 2016, now isn’t the time to overreact. This isn’t the NFL, where a bad month would end the Cleveland Browns’ playoff chances. This is a very long season, and no one would write off the Browns after just three games. So don’t write off the Guardians.
They’re only two games back in the AL Central, the season is just getting started. Stop worrying about the sky falling.
Breaking down the Cleveland Guardians series loss to the Colorado Rockies
Steven Kwan accounts for three of the Guardians’ four total hits, coupled with Cal Quantrill not locating his pitches all game and a blow-out was the only true outcome.
Six hits are better than four but it’s still not enough as Peyton Battenfield can’t make it through the fifth after giving up four earned runs.
Josh Naylor hits a home run to help give the Guardians a four-run lead, and debuting rookie pitcher Tanner Bibee slams the door shut with eight strikeouts in less than six innings of action.
Steven Kwan – Hit .363 for the series
Jose Ramirez – Hit .300 for the series
Tanner Bibee – Eight strikeout Major Leauge debut
Josh Naylor – Hit just .091 for the series.
Will Brennan – Went hitless in eight at-bats.
Cal Quantrill – Gave up five earned runs