The Cleveland Guardians may be starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack in the AL Central.
Their series finale with the Chicago White Sox was postponed due to rain on Sunday and they had the night off on Monday.
Meanwhile, both the White Sox and the Minnesota Twins, the two teams chasing the Guardians in the Central, lost.
With that, the Guardians’ lead over the Twins grew to two games while their lead over the White Sox grew to three games.
The Guardians will open up an important two-game series with the San Diego Padres tonight, with a chance to put some more distance between themselves and the two teams chasing them.
The #Guardians were off tonight…and STILL extended their lead atop the AL Central Division as BOTH the Twins and White Sox lost. pic.twitter.com/PIbIju3ERX
— Nick Camino (@NickCaminoWKYC) August 23, 2022
Guardians Increase Central Lead…On An Off Day
It’s been a hard-fought race in the American League Central division.
For much of the season, the Twins have had the advantage.
Now, the Guardians are the ones at the top.
They’re playing good baseball and all their pieces appear to be in place as they prepare for the month of September.
Though no moves were made at the trade deadline, Cleveland appears to have found its rhythm.
Contributions from guys such as Jose Ramirez, Steven Kwan, Shane Bieber, Triston McKenzie, and others have buoyed the Guardians’ postseason hopes.
The club fell short of the postseason last year.
But without even playing last night, their lead in the Central grew.
The Twins have been in free-fall mode, while the White Sox have struggled to find consistency for much of the season.
It may be the Guardians’ division for the taking at this point.
There are still 42 games left, but this may be the team’s chance to pull away with the division.
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