The Cleveland Guardians are looking like a team ready to take over the AL Central.
This may be a jinx, but it’s very likely that the Cleveland Guardians end the month of June with sole possession of first place in the AL Central. Currently, the Guardos are just one game behind the Minnesota Twins for first, despite neither team having a winning record. Hey, listen, I get it. None of us are happy about both teams being .500 or under but that’s just what we’re dealt with right now.
The Guardians have three series of three games apiece against the Milwaukee Brewers (38-36), the Kansas City Royals (21-54), and the Chicago Cubs (36-38). All very winnable series. After coming off the sweep of the Oakland A’s, the Guardians are 6-4 in their last 10 and have a four-game winning streak going.
The Twins on the other hand have three series of three games a piece, starting with the very beatable Detroit Tigers (32-41), the Atlanta Braves (48-26), and the Baltimore Orioles (45-28). And while the Tigers aren’t good, they did just beat the Twins three games to one the last time they matched up.
So clearly the Twins are beatable as well.
The Cleveland Guardians need this stretch to get ahead of the curve
There’s no telling what happens after these next nine games for the Guardians. The Atlanta series is going to be tough, and then you have the Kansas City Royales to close out the first half of the season. If the Guardians don’t have a sizeable lead on the Twins now, they may not for the rest of the year.
Yes, there is a lot of baseballs left, but the Twins are just as capable of winning games as the Guardians, and there isn’t a better stretch of baseball for the Guardians to not only get over .500 but to also take the number one slot from the Twins.
The Guardians have to strike now, while they can. After July, things get intense and there’s no telling if the Guardians can somehow claw out of another huge deficit in August or September to catch and surpass the Twins.
- Published on 06/23/2023 at 18:25 PM
- Last updated at 06/23/2023 at 18:25 PM