Month in review: May

May was the month that we all became Kipnisses. The young Indians second baseman enjoyed a solid stay with the Tribe last year and a decent start to this season, but this past month is where it became clear that Jason Kipnis’ production is no fluke.

Kipnis has sustained a high level of play through two months and has developed into a very versatile offensive weapon out of the No. 2 spot of Cleveland’s lineup. When you look at the production from the Tribe’s players in May, he is a clear choice as the club’s Player of the Month.

Consider that Kipnis is currently on pace for 24 homers, 33 stolen bases, 90 RBIs and 102 runs (based on a 600 at-bat season). The only second baseman to achieve at least 20 homers, 30 stolen bases, 90 RBIs and 100 runs in a single season in Indians history is Roberto Alomar (1999 & 2001).

And has anyone noticed how consistent Kipnis has been?

36 games total in 2011: .272/.333/.507/.841, 7 HR, 19 RBI, 11 BB, 5 SB, 24 R, 37 H
1st 36 games in 2012: .271/.338/.458/.796, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 13 BB, 6 SB, 23 R, 39 H

As for the month in general, well, it was full of high highs and low lows, but in the end Cleveland snuck into June with a winning record in May. The offense was predictably productive, even surprisingly so when a few players went down with injuries. Instead, it was the pitching that took a step back in May.

The rotation was inconsistent to the point that Zach McAllister had the best numbers for the month. Closer Chris Perez gets the nod for Pitcher and Reliever of the Month. If Cleveland is going to contend for the division title, it needs Ubaldo Jimenez and Justin Masterson to right what has gone wrong to this point.

There are four months to go and the Indians have plenty of question marks riddling the entire roster. That said, even without having played to its full ability, the Tribe is very much in the hunt in the American League Central.

Here is a quick glance at the month that was:

Overall: 16-14
At home: 11-7
On road: 5-7

Offense (AL rank):

.250 average (9)
.327 on-base (4)
.386 slugging (10)
.713 OPS (9)
25 homers (9)
54 doubles (5)
123 RBIs (7)
129 runs (7)
102 walks (2)
176 strikeouts (13)
28 stolen bases (2)
253 hits (7)

Pitching (AL rank)

4.77 ERA (13)
12 saves (1)
268 innings (1)
266 hits allowed (2)
152 runs (1)
142 earned runs (1)
22 home runs (13)
120 walks (2)
195 strikeouts (11)
.260 opp. average (10)
1.44 WHIP (14)
.735 opp. OPS (8)

MAJOR LEAGUE HONORS

Player of the Month: 2B Jason Kipnis
Stats: .295/.351/.459/.810, 5 HR, 3 2B, 1 3B, 18 RBI, 11 BB, 36 H, 21 R, 7 SB

Pitcher of the Month: CL Chris Perez
Stats: 1.59 ERA, 10-for-10 saves, 11.1 IP, 13 K’s, 3 BB, 6 H, 0.79 WHIP, .143 avg

Reliever of the Month: CL Chris Perez

Performance of the Month (hitting): 2B Jason Kipnis
Line: 2-for-3, 1 homer, 1 triple, 1 walk, 4 RBIs in 7-5 win over White Sox on May 3

Performance of the Month (pitching): RHP Derek Lowe
Line: 9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 0 K, 22 groundouts in 5-0 win over Twins on May 15

Line of the Month: 0-for-4, 3 times on base via errors (E3, E4, E5)
Who? C Luke Carlin in 8-2 loss to Royals on May 29

MINOR LEAGUE HONORS

Triple-A Columbus

Player of the Month: SS Jason Donald
Stats: .315/.422/.519/.940, 17 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 9 BB, 8 K, 9 R, 14 G

Pitcher of the Month: LHP David Huff
Stats: 3-0, 2.08 ERA, 1 CG, 30.1 IP, 24 H, 24 K, 3 BB, 0.89 WHIP, .205 avg, 5 G

Double-A Akron

Player of the Month: OF/INF Jared Goedert*
Stats: .407/.453/.678/1.131, 24 H, 5 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 5 BB, 12 R, 16 G

Pitcher of the Month: LHP T.J. House**
Stats: 4-1, 2.80 ERA, 35.1 IP, 25 H, 28 K, 14 BB, 1.10 WHIP, .198 avg, 6 G

Class A (high) Carolina

Player of the Month: 1B Jesus Aguilar
Stats: .348/.434/.584/1.018, 31 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 12 BB, 22 R, 26 G

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Shawn Armstrong
Stats: 1.54 ERA, 11.2 IP, 2 H, 18 K, 7 BB, 0.77 WHIP, .059 avg, 8 G

Class A (low) Lake County

Player of the Month: 1B Jerrud Sabourin
Stats: .283/.365/.370/.735, 26 H, 5 2B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 11 BB, 13 R, 26 G

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Joseph Colon
Stats: 4-2, 1.31 ERA, 41.1 IP, 28 H, 21 K, 5 BB, 0.80 WHIP, .199 avg, 6 G

*Player of the Month (Double-A) for April
**Pitcher of the Month (Class A Carolina) for April

For the “Month in review: April” post, click here.

–JB

4 Comments

The question on every fan’s mind: how much longer can we really let Kotchman flounder at first with LaPorta hitting .300 in AAA. I give it two weeks.

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