The AL Central figured to be the weakest division heading into 2022, however based mostly on successful proportion, it was barely higher than the NL Central. This division lacks sizzle all over the place — within the area, on the plate and on the mound. The Guardians received 92 video games, however they had been overmatched by the Yankees within the ALDS.
Here is a synopsis of every workforce and a grade:
Cleveland Guardians: (1st | 92-70) Grade: A-
The Guardians hit solely 127 HRs, the second-lowest complete within the league, however they excelled at hitting doubles and triples, stealing bases and avoiding strikeouts.
A number of media, together with Sporting Information, predicted the Guardians would end with a 67-95 file. The membership topped that after which some, using the performances of infielders Andrés Giménez (7.4 bWAR, 17 HR) and Jose Ramirez (6.0 bWAR, 29 HR) in addition to rookie star-in-the-making Steven Kwan (5.5 WAR, 6 HR).
Chicago White Sox: (2nd | 81-81) Grade: C+
There was a dramatic drop-off from the division-winning Guardians and second-place White Sox, who lacked punch offensively.
Within the on a regular basis beginning lineup, solely José Abreu (.304 BA, 15 HR) and Andrew Vaughn (.271 BA, 17 HR) performed in additional than 100 video games and posted above-average offensive slash traces. Tim Anderson (.301 BA, 6 HR), Luis Robert (.284 BA, 12 HR) and Eloy Jiménez (.295 BA, 16 HR) had been above-average, however not one of the trio topped 100 video games due to accidents.
Robust performances from the pitching workers helped the Sox end second.
Minnesota Twins: (third | 78-84) Grade: C+
The Twins outplayed the White Sox in some ways, particularly on offense.
Solely Gary Sanchez (.205 BA, 16 HR), Gilberto Celestino (.238 BA, 2 HR) and Max Kepler (.227 BA, 9 HR) posted below-average offensive outputs. Utilityman Luis Arraez (.316 BA, 8 HR) emerged as a menace for a batting title.
Pitching held again the Twins. The membership introduced that Sonny Grey (8-5, 3.08 ERA) is coming again for an additional 12 months. Maybe Minnesota can add one other much-needed arm to the workers.
Detroit Tigers: (4th | 66-96) Grade: D-
No Tigers hitters carried out at an above-average stage, whereas Tarik Skubal (7-8, 3.52 ERA) and Gregory Soto (30 SV, 3.28 ERA) had been the few respectable arms on the pitching workers.
Uber-prospect Spencer Torkelson (-1.3 bWAR, .203 AVG) entered the season with sky-high expectations, however he failed miserably in his first prolonged MLB motion, rising the ache for the lackluster Tigers.
Kansas Metropolis Royals: (fifth | 65-97) Grade: D-
Just like the Tigers, the Royals had little to love in 2022. Amongst AL groups, the Royals completed at or close to the underside in house runs and runs and posted the very best ERA (4.70) within the AL.
The one factor saving them from an “F” grade is the truth that a ton of their prime prospects obtained appears within the majors.
First baseman Vinnie Pasquantino (1.5 bWAR, 10 HR), C/OF MJ Melendez (0.5 bWAR, 18 HR) and INF Bobby Witt Jr. (0.8 bWAR, 20 HR) appear to be the actual deal.