The Cleveland Guardians earned a victory on Wednesday afternoon against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The final score, 7-4, reflects something that hasn’t happened very often this year: the Guardians offense was effective and productive.
The unit is not bad at all, but it’s also not elite.
Any seven-run games will be welcomed because their strong pitching staff will likely guide them to the win.
Today, infielder Amed Rosario was perhaps the most impressive performer.
He hit a 450-feet home run in the fifth inning to help Shane Bieber‘s bid for the win.
Overall, Rosario went 2-for-4 with a couple of runs and three RBI.
Both of his hits went for extra-bases: besides the long ball, he hit a double.
Once offensively-challenged, especially at the start of his MLB career, Rosario has been making some strides in the power department.
“AMED ROSARIO Career-long 450-ft HR. Before June 15, he’d never hit one longer than 437 ft in his career, and the 437-ft HR was in 2018. Now he has a 447 ft HR and a 450 ft HR,” MLB analyst Sarah Langs tweeted.
Career-long 450-ft HR
Before June 15, he'd never hit one longer than 437 ft in his career, and the 437-ft HR was in 2018
Now he has a 447 ft HR and a 450 ft HR pic.twitter.com/Qj3ep8hzuS
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) August 3, 2022
Rosario’s Power Seems To Be Coming Around
In the last couple of months, he has some of the longest and most impressive home runs of his career.
The big thing now, however, will be turning some of that raw power in game power.
Scouts often say that raw power is how far a hitter can hit the ball; but game power is how often can they make good enough contact to clear the fence.
Since today’s was his sixth homer of the year, Cleveland would probably like to see him hit the ball over the fence more often.
He has two homers and a .469 slugging percentage in his last seven games, so he certainly seems to be getting there.
It’s a process, and let’s not forget that Rosario is still very young, at 26.