On Sunday, the Cleveland Guardians beat the Texas Rangers (box count) to extend their winning streak to seven to clinch the Central American League title. The Guardians technically secured their first division title since 2018 when the Chicago White Sox lost to the Detroit Tigers – the Guardians entered Sunday with a nine-game lead over the White Sox and 10 games remaining on the schedule which made the clinch inevitable. .
Cleveland can credit several different players for Sunday’s victory, including rookie outfielder Stephen Kwan, who went through a grand slam on his way to collecting three hits and five goals. Starter Aaron Seavale, meanwhile, held the Rangers to two rounds on three. hits over five innings.
The Guardians dominated Central from 2016 to 2018, winning three straight division crowns. The years that followed were not as kind as they finished second or worse in the last three years. This marks their first playoff spot of any kind since the pandemic-altered 2020 campaign, which saw the postseason bracket bloated.
It is worth noting that the Guardians are the youngest team in the Majors in terms of playing time. according to Sarah Langs of MLB.com. They are only the eighth club to have made the playoffs with this distinction, and the first since the 1986 New York Mets.
Cleveland, most likely to finish third in the AL postseason, may be celebrating after Sunday’s results, but the mood in Chicago was gloomier. White Sox interim skipper Miguel Cairo criticized his club’s efforts following Sunday’s loss. “This is unacceptable. This is not baseball,” he told reporters. including James Fegan of The Athletic. Cairo is serving in place of Tony La Russa, whose health issues will keep him from walking for the rest of the year.