Month in review: June

June was a month in which Shin-Soo Choo started swinging like the star of seasons past, Justin Masterson began looking like a No. 1 starter again, Ubaldo Jimenez began turning in his best outings as a member of the Tribe and Asdrubal Cabrera continued his emergence as one of the game’s elite shortstops.

Unfortunately, it was also a month in which a lot of other things went wrong.

The pitching suffered — throughout the rotation and especially in middle relief — and the offense went through drastic spurts of feast or famine. Cleveland lost its hold on first, regained it again and then slipped back into second place in the American League Central.

With 19 of the team’s 27 June games coming on the road, and Interleague Play mixed in, Cleveland knew it was going to be a tough month. Jeanmar Gomez was sent back to the Minors, Travis Hafner was stuck on the disabled list and Lonnie Chisenhall was lost for the season.

And yet, through all the bad, the Indians continued to show promise. Sweeping the rival Reds at home. Overwhelming the Orioles on the road after beginning a brutal road trip with brutal showing in Houston and New York. Perhaps finding lightning in a bottle with the unexpected trade for reliever Esmil Rogers.

The All-Star break is only a few days away and the Indians — for all the ups and downs — remain in the thick of things.

Here is a look at the month that was…

Overall: 12-15
At home: 5-4
On road: 7-11

Offense (AL rank):

.263 average (8)
.318 on-base (9)
.404 slugging (8)
.723 OPS (9)
26 home runs (8)
43 doubles (8)
118 RBI (8)
120 runs (8)
75 walks (10)
180 strikeouts (12)
13 stolen bases (12)
249 hits (5)

Pitching (AL rank)

4.87 ERA (14)
6 saves (9)
233 innings (12)
243 hits allowed (8)
137 runs (14)
126 earned runs (14)
35 home runs (12)
76 walks (10)
179 strikeouts (10)
.268 opp. average (12)
1.37 WHIP (11)
.772 opp. OPS (13)

Player of the Month: RF Shin-Soo Choo
Stats: .333/.382/.579/.961, 5 HR, 11 2B, 1 3B, 13 RBI, 25 R, 38 H, 27 games

Previous winners: DH Travis Hafner (April), 2B Jason Kipnis (May)

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Justin Masterson
Stats: 2-3, 2.06 ERA, 35 IP, 29 K, 9 BB, 1.00 WHIP, .206 avg., 5 starts

Previous winners: RHP Derek Lowe (April), CL Chris Perez (May)

Reliever of the Month: RHP Esmil Rogers
Stats: 1.74 ERA, 10.1 IP, 14 K, 1 BB, 0.58 WHIP, .139 avg., 8 games

Previous winners: RHP Vinnie Pestano (April), CL Chris Perez (May)

Performance of the Month (hitting): RF Shin-Soo Choo
Line: 4-for-5, 1 home run, 1 walk, 3 RBI, 4 runs in 11-5 win over Orioles on June 30

Performance of the Month (pitching): RHP Justin Masterson
Line: 9 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 15 GO in 8-1 win over Reds on June 20



Triple-A Columbus

Player of the Month: 1B/OF Russ Canzler
Stats: .299/.372/.588/.959, 7 HR, 7 2B, 28 RBI, 14 R, 29 H, 28 games

Previous winners: 1B Matt LaPorta (April), INF Jason Donald (May)

Pitcher of the Month: LHP Eric Berger
Stats: 1-1, 0.98 ERA, 18.1 IP, 20 K, 3 BB, 0.65 WHIP, .143 avg, 7 games (1 start)

Previous winners: RHP Corey Kluber (April), LHP David Huff (May)

Double-A Akron

Player of the Month: OF Thomas Neal
Stats: .333/.406/.643/1.049, 6 HR, 8 2B, 17 RBI, 21 R, 28 H, 24 games

Previous winners: INF/OF Jared Goedert (April, May)

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Steven Wright
Stats: 3-3, 2.27 ERA, 35.2 IP, 33 K, 17 BB, 1.15 WHIP, .185 avg., 6 starts

Previous winners: LHP T.J. McFarland (April), LHP T.J. House (May)

Class A (high) Carolina

Player of the Month: INF Ronny Rodriguez
Stats: .340/.376/.585/.961, 5 HR, 4 2B, 2 3B, 17 RBI, 23 R, 32 H, 27 games

Previous winners: DH Jeremie Tice (April), 1B Jesus Aguilar (May)

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Kyle Blair
Stats: 3-0, 1.23 ERA, 14.2 IP, 7 K, 7 BB, 1.02 WHIP, .154 avg., 3 games

Previous winners: LHP T.J. House (April), RHP Shawn Armstrong (May)

Class A (low) Lake County

Player of the Month: OF Jordan Smith
Stats: .337/.413/.467/.881, 10 2B, 1 3B, 12 RBI, 12 R, 31 H, 22 games

Previous winners: OF Luigi Rodriguez (April), 1B Jerrud Sabourin (May)

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Mason Radeke
Stats: 3-0, 1.06 ERA, 17 IP, 21 K, 2 BB, 1.00 WHIP, .242 avg., 4 games

Previous winners: RHP Cody Anderson (April), RHP Joseph Colon (May)

Class A (short-season) Mahoning Valley

Player of the Month: C/1B Charlie Valerio
Stats: .283/.320/.413/.733, 1 HR, 3 2B, 7 RBI, 3 R, 13 H, 12 games

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Luis DeJesus
Stats: 1-0, 0.53 ERA, 17 IP, 13 K, 2 BB, 0.71 WHIP, .167 avg., 3 starts

Arizona League Indians

Player of the Month: 3B Jorge Martinez
Stats: .429/.474/.629/1.102, 1 HR, 4 2B, 6 RBI, 6 R, 15 H, 8 games

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Luis Morel
Stats: 1.59 ERA, 5.2 IP, 9 K, 1 BB

Dominican Summer League Indians

Player of the Month: 2B Odomar Valdez
Stats: .341/.466/.378/.844, 3 2B, 10 RBI, 19 BB, 21 R, 28 H, 11 SB, 24 games

Pitcher of the Month: RHP Juan Nivar
Stats: 1.56 ERA, 17.1 IP, 25 K, 7 BB, 0.87 WHIP, .131 avg., 4 starts



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It is frustrating and mind-boggling to see that in a month where Masterson and Ubaldo get on track with solid outings they still have a sub .500 record. Regardless of the weekend in Baltimore there has to be serious internal discussions about the on-field value of Duncan and Damon. Counting on any type of contribution from Grady Sizemore is unfortunately a pipedream. Hearing Antonetti last week on the radio did not exude confidence in the fan base. Continuously waiting for players to “play to their potential” is simply not going to cut it. This roster was compiled by him (evidenced by the 106 non-roster invitees they had) and while he fully took blame for the roster during his radio interview, his aversion to making internal roster moves suggests his unwillingness to admit he’s wrong.

My biggest gripe continues to be, hindsight as 20/20, is that he spent and/or could have gotten out of $13.25M in salary for 2012 (Sizemore $5M, Carmona $7M, Damon $1,25M+) but Josh Willingham signed for $21M over THREE years. He entered the 2011 Hot Stove with ONE glaring need and here we are in June 2012 with the same issue.

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