AL Central keeps finding ways to be grotesque – a defector

Entering the eighth round down twice against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night, the Cleveland Guardians hit four times in half. Looks like tigers really have those chumps, right?

First, Andrew Chavin nearly Owen Miller is on the field with plenty of break. Eric Haas ably collected it to throw it first and complete the exit.

Then, after a long struggle, Andres Jimenez put away something very loud and very narrow:

When Luke Maile came up to the plate with two naysayers, Chafin made him swing and miss on a tricky ground that Haase handled as well as Maile.

Finally – and a little later – with Alex Lange on the mound, Andres Jimenez lunged at the third hit to finish the inning. At the moment, the Tigers have a major league record for most hits in a single round. Amazing!

… what or what? Oh. Why was Jimenez hitting the second time in the frame? Mother. Your Majesty. I think you deserve to know the truth. In between the third and fourth hits, the Guardians ran off a knockout and ran off a show of lucky contact and ridiculous rebounds until they suddenly started to score an 8-4 win. Some hits were more ridiculous than others, but all, together, made for the kind of sequence that probably ended the season for 45-75 Tigers then and there.

Submit Miles Straw – who’s OPS + 59 now! – One pass on Shaven’s legs and up in the middle. Stephen Cowan, the king of weak and effective contact, skated on a fly ball that, had it fallen a little to the left, would have been caught, if it had fallen a little to the right, it would have been a foul. Instead, it was an automatic double that scored one. Amed followed Rosario with a swinging stroke that moved slowly enough to wave the run.

Guardians are not finished. Jose Ramirez pulled a Kwan missile and sent Blob to the left landing pin-point accuracy between player and defender. Oscar Gonzalez restored some dignity to these people by smashing the wall. Finally, Miller led in the final round of the ball game with a rope to the left of center. The Tigers were going down 1-2-3 at the top of the ninth.

“I went from ‘yeah, okay’ to ‘okay, crap’ very quickly,” Shaven said after that. “It’s not a pretty game and it will make you like that sometimes. This is baseball for you.”

Nowhere in sports are the lines between these two feelings Blurry as it is in AL CentralThe Guardians are one game ahead of the Twins and two games ahead of the White Sox even though their 63-55 record won’t get them even second place in most other divisions in the league. Coming off a chaotic loss of their own, as controversial calls lead to the firing of manager Terry Francona and Austin Hedges. Giving a stump speech in the locker room about inequalityFaced with what would have been their third straight defeat against easy victories, the goalkeeper did not panic. They get the breaks that teams sometimes get that those bad teams tend to give you, and then they take advantage. It was like they knew they had spent a lot of time saying “Okay, crap” and they deserved their “Yeah, okay” moment.

This is at least one way to explain what happened. Another might be that baseball is a stupid, random game and this frustrated Midwest group of frustrated strangers and unfortunate disasters that make up AL Central only reinforce how chaos reigns over our lives.

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