3 Midseason Mike Chernoff Decisions That Have Killed the 2023 Guardians

A look at three midseason decisions by GM Mike Chernoff that killed the Cleveland Guardians in 2023.

One of Mike Chernoff's worst midseason decisions for the Guardians was failing to add another starting pitcher to the rotation.
One of Mike Chernoff's worst midseason decisions for the Guardians was failing to add another starting pitcher to the rotation. / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Not Improving the Offense

Having a reliable rotation is necessary to win baseball games, but so is the ability to put up runs. Much to Guardians fans' dismay, their team ranks near the bottom of the MLB when it comes to the following important offensive stats:

  • Runs per game: 4.05, No. 27
  • Home runs per game: 0.73, No. 30
  • Walks per game: 2.87, No. 25
  • OPS: .963, No. 26

Even if the pitching rotation was in perfect health, challenging for a playoff spot is near-impossible with an attack that uninspiring. It's a key reason why Cleveland has a losing record in one-run games (21-24, 46.7%).

At first, it seemed like Chernoff was gearing up to bring in some new bats around the trade deadline when underachievers Josh Bell and Amed Rosario were sent packing. The only issue is that the Guardians didn't acquire any MLB-ready bats along the way.

To understand how much the lack of moves hurt the Guardians' attack, their 46 runs are the fewest in the Majors since August 1. The finger can be pointed at certain players for underperforming, but Chernoff's lack of at least one rental bat is inexcusable.

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