The Cleveland Guardians have a good and deep pitching staff: their offense is not overly impressive, but they sure can produce arms capable of getting major league hitters out consistently.
Their pitching is a big reason why they currently share the top of the AL Central division with the Minnesota Twins.
Cleveland may have been awfully quiet around the deadline, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they can’t be a better team now than a couple of weeks ago, with the way they develop and nurture talent in the minor leagues.
This time, though, we are here to talk about their major league staff, specifically their rotation.
That unit is currently on a roll: they haven’t allowed any earned runs in their last 21 frames.
“21 straight scoreless innings from @CleGuardians starting pitchers! WOW,” MLB Network tweeted.
2⃣1⃣ straight scoreless innings from @CleGuardians starting pitchers! WOW. 😳 #ForTheLand pic.twitter.com/pT79Tcxrjz
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) August 10, 2022
It’s actually an impressive feat.
A Solid Rotation
One would expect a scoreless appearance from Shane Bieber and Triston McKenzie: they are both among the best pitchers in the American League.
Seeing Cal Quantrill on the list is actually a pleasant surprise: not because he isn’t good, because he is, but because he is usually not as dominant as his two teammates.
His last start was marvelous, though: he pitched six scoreless innings and allowed just three hits and a walk, striking out four.
He has been a dependable arm in the Guardians rotation all year long: he has already logged 123 frames and projects to finish near 170.
His 3.88 ERA is solid, yet a bit worse than Bieber’s 3.21 and McKenzie’s 3.16.
The Guardians have a good trio of pitchers there, with Zach Plesac and Aaron Civale completing the effective unit.
Time will tell if it’s good enough to lead Cleveland to the postseason.
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