As the Guardians play game 100 tonight vs. Kansas City, they find themselves 3 games behind the Minnesota Twins. Cleveland is coming off a series win vs. the Phillies this past weekend. The Guardians haven't had a long winning streak to date, and their longest losing streak is 4 games. They have flirted with .500 a number of times, but for the most part have stayed within 2-3 games of the Twins in the AL Central.
There have been several things that have stood out so far, #1 being the rookie starting pitchers that have done a very credible job in keeping Cleveland competitive. Tanner Bibee, Gavin Williams, and Logan Allen have all shown the ability to be part of the regular rotation, and with the health of Shane Bieber, Cal Quantrill, and Triston McKenzie, they will continue to be called on to provide some stability on the mound. The bullpen has been one of the best in MLB despite having several changes to their roster.
Another standout performance has been that of Josh Naylor, who to date is #7 in batting avg. at .307, and 4th in RBI with 76. He has come up clutch time and again, and his numbers have even been better than Josh Ramirez, who is having another Jose year. Rookie David Fry has emerged as a player who can play several positions and who has a lively bat as well. Will Brennan and Steven Kwan are having good seasons thus far, while rookie Bo Naylor is gaining confidence at the plate while getting experience at C. The overall hitting as a team has gotten better after a woeful start.
A lot of rookies have made significant impacts on this team, which is the youngest team in MLB. The Guardians are good enough to contend for the Central, but can they get past Minnesota? 63 games remain to see if they can topple the Twins.