ANAHEIM. CA — Guardians manager Terry Francona said the decision to move designated hitter Franmil Reyes out of the cleanout zone in Cleveland’s batting order on Wednesday had as much to do with trying to get better pitches. for José Ramírez than Reyes’ recent struggles at home plate. .
- “It’s pretty obvious on this trip that they I didn’t want to introduce Josey a lot, or give it a lot to hit,” Francona said.
- Owen Miller took Reyes’ place behind Ramírez and Reyes dropped to No. 6 in the batting order. Miller entered the game batting .432 with seven RBIs in 12 games. It was his first career start in the cleaning zone.
- Miller is tied for the American League lead with seven doubles and his 1.272 OPS is the best among players with at least 40 plate appearances.
- Reyes made his 48th career start batting sixth. He holds a career batting average of .242 as the No. 6 hitter with a .786 OPS and 10 career home runs.
Tito said it“We can hit (Reyes) anywhere in order. We have to move it forward. It’s a big bat for us.
whatever works: Ramírez, meanwhile, entered Wednesday’s game with two hits in his previous 17 at-bats on Cleveland’s current road trip, including four strikeouts. His ninth-Tuesday brace was his first RBI in a week. He followed that up with a two-run outburst to right field from Shohei Ohtani in the first inning on Wednesday.
“We try to balance our line-up a little more and take away some of the (Reyes) spotlights,” Francona said. “If they don’t want to introduce Josey, we want them to pay for it.”
Despite the five-game streak between drive-in runs, Ramírez came on Wednesday tied for the major league lead in RBI.
- His home run against Ohtani gave him 23 and made him one of eight players in Cleveland history to have 22 or more RBIs in 18 games, most recently joining Marty Cordova in 2001.
- Ramírez is third in the AL in slugging percentage (.656) and total goals (42) and fifth in OPS (1.067).
- His 350 extra hits since 2017 are the most in baseball.
Francona said Ramírez continues to be a great role model for all young players on Cleveland’s roster.
“You have your best player playing the game well,” Francona said. “It’s a great example. In my opinion, you can’t just ask youngsters to run hard first. We tell our guys that they have to live up to the highest standards of our veterans. He’s our most veteran guy and our best player. He’s playing the game well.”
Rookie outfielder Steven Kwan, who left Sunday’s game in New York with a sore left hamstring and did not play in the Angels series, tested the injury on Wednesday with sprints on the field during warmup Cleveland pregame. Francona said the hope was to avoid a trip on the disabled list, but that would depend on how Kwan recovers from the outing.
“He’s having a really good day,” Francona said. “We’re trying to get it to maybe as close to full speed as possible. It’s a real – I don’t mean great day. I hope it’s a good day. But I think so far so good. He is doing very well.
- Despite missing the last three games, Kwan ranks fifth among skilled hitters in on-base percentage (.456) and continues to lead baseball with a tiny 8.7% odor rate.
According to FanGraphs.com, Kwan is second among major league outfielders with three defensive points saved.
- The Cleveland outfield leads MLB with nine assists. Washington is second with six.
The Guardians picked up their ninth field assist in the ninth inning on Tuesday when Myles Straw picked up Jared Wash’s brace off the wall and threw it to Amed Rosario, who fired a strike at Austin Hedges at home plate to score Mike Trout.
Tito said it“Myles sets it up by very neatly getting that ball to where it’s supposed to be. Rosario with a good throw and Hedges with a very nice tag. It’s not as easy as they made it out to be, but these games can help.
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