Sunday, August 7th – 2:44pm – EUCLID, OH

Following Cleveland’s series split with the Houston Astros on Sunday, highly informed Guardians fan Baron Argyumandt told Always the Jake that the front office made “the right move” by doing nothing at the trade deadline.

“There’s just no way that our young team could have gone toe to toe with a team like the Astros in a five- or seven-game series,” Argyumandt stated firmly, immediately after the team took two out of four games against a team that is literally the Astros. “They just aren’t ready to compete this year.”

Argyumandt explained in detail why the Guardians, whose number two starter just threw 91 pitches to blank the Astros’ lineup across eight innings, simply “don’t have the pieces to seriously contend this year.” He described Antonetti’s trade deadline approach as brilliant, noting that the club is clearly focused on 2023—a year when they can be truly competitive against offensive juggernauts like the one they just blanked.

The lifelong fan was also quick to point out that they looked completely overmatched in the second game of the series, when rookie Hunter Gaddis got clobbered by a hard-hitting Houston lineup. “It’s impossible to believe that acquiring a pitcher like Frankie Montas or Tarik Skubal could have made a difference in a five-game series against the ‘Stros,” he explained.

When asked about whether giving up little to no prospect capital for Trey Mancini could have possibly made a difference in any given game, Argyumandt laughed off the idea as “unimaginable” and “wildly uninformed”.

“We aren’t one or two pieces away from having any chance whatsoever against a team like Houston,” Argyumandt sneered while talking with surprising eloquence directly from his ass. “Better to rely on the linear development of those prospects who are 100% guaranteed to be All-Stars.