Last year, the Cleveland Guardians, then still the Indians, fell out of contention in the AL Central and ultimately chose to sell off some of their assets, effectively signaling that it was time for a rebuild.
Cleveland fell well short of the postseason last year.
This year, things are little bit different, as the Guardians are nipping at the heels of the first-place Minnesota Twins in their first year under the new name.
Chris Castellani of Barstool Sports made an interesting point on Twitter, mentioning that the Guardians rebuild didn’t last long and that they won 80 games last year, which was when the so-called “rebuild” began.
The Guardians rebuild lasted 1 year, and they won 80 games in their rebuilding year.
— Chris Castellani (@Castellani2014) June 30, 2022
So Much For Rebuilding
That rebuild really didn’t last long.
The Guardians are now a legitimate postseason contender, only one game behind the Twins in the AL Central.
To the surprise of many, this team has played better than expected and actually have a good chance at taking the AL Central crown.
Fortified by players such as Jose Ramirez, Andres Gimenez, Josh Naylor, and pitcher Shane Bieber, the Guardians are looking like a team of destiny, one that flies under everybody’s radar and ultimately wins a bunch of games.
Obviously, they were expected to win more games that they did last year.
But again, the so-called “rebuild” began last year and they still finished close to .500.
Many probably expected this to be a rebuilding year for them.
Not so fast, everybody.
This team that nobody expected to win is actually winning games and showing what they’re made of.
Maybe at the trade deadline, we’ll see the Guardians go out and make some moves, putting themselves in position to ultimately win the Central.