The Guardians beat the Orioles, the erstwhile best team in the American League, 5-2 behind strong pitching from Hunter Gaddis, Eli Morgan, Sam Hentges, Reynaldo Lopez and Emmanuel Clase. Trevor Stephan, however, is not having a good time right now, someone please help him as he gave up a 2-run lead in the 8th. Clase was wild in the 9th but still good enough to lock down the save. Jose Ramirez had 2 hits and a walk and Andres Gimenez was 2 for 4. It’s a good box score with other highlights, take a look at it here.
Gaddis continues to look like someone who would be an excellent reliever and I appreciated that manager Terry Francona removed him after three shutout innings.
Shane Bieber will start today and Triston McKenzie is said to be on schedule to start Sunday. Let’s hope both players pitch free of pain and have some good showings to end the season.
The Twins had to wait a day to clinch the AL Central, as their magic number remains at one.
Around the Minor Leagues:
The Clippers won 8-3 and, wow, was this a fun game. Kyle Manzardo was 2 for 4 with ANOTHER home run, Rocchio was 2 for 5 with a double and a steal, Johnny Rodriguez was 1 for 3 with a home run and a walk, Jhonkensy Noel and George Valera were both 1 for 3 with a walk, and Joey Cantillo gave up 3 hits, 6 walks and 2 runs in 5 innings while striking out 4. Someone has to help this kind throw strikes starting this offseason. Cantillo is electric but the walks are consistently a problem.
Guardians Insider just announced the team’s choices for the Arizona Fall League:
The @MLBazFallLeague rosters are out!! Here are the @cleguardians players participating for the Peoria Javelinas— GuardsInsider (@GuardsInsider) September 22, 2023
RHP Ross Carver
RHP Brad Hanner
RHP Jake Miller
LHP Erik Sabrowski
LHP Ryan Webb
INF Christian Cairo
1B Kyle Manzardo
OF Chase DeLauter
Their 2022 stats:
Brad Hanner, 24 years old, 6’4” 210 lbs, at Double-A: 9.74/4.73 K/BB%, 2.78 ERA in 64 IP in relief (Rule 5 Eligible)
Jake Miller - 23 years old, 6’2” 210 lbs, at High-A 3.97/6.35 K/BB%, 4.76 ERA in 11.1 innings starting and in relief (Rule 5 eligible December 2024)
Erik Sabrowski - 25 years old, 6’4” 230 lbs, at Double A 11.63/7.49 K/BB%, 2.49 ERA in 21.2 innings in relief (Rule 5 eligible)
Ryan Webb - 24 years old, 6’1” 202 lbs, at High-A 9.11/3.73 K/BB%, 3.29 ERA in 82 innings starting (Rule 5 eligible in December 2024)
Christian Cairo - 22 years old, 5’8” 170 lbs, at High-A 19.2/17 K/BB%, 114 wRC+, 10 out of 15 in stolen bases, .112 ISO in 61 games (Rule 5 eligible this fall)
Kyle Manzardo - 23 years old, 6’0” 205 lbs at Triple A for Cleveland 16/12.8 K/BB%, 119 wRC+, .329 ISO in 22 games (Rule 5 eligible December 2024)
Chase DeLauter - 21 years old, 6’4” 235 lbs at High-A and Double-A 12.4/9.5 K/BB%, 149 wRC+, .173 ISO (Rule 5 eligible December 2025)