As the season moves deeper into June and we pass the 60 game mark, most of us have established an eye chart (subliminal or otherwise) and gut feel for the Indians lineup and what to expect (reasonably or otherwise) during game situations.
Question: how do these perceptions comport with reality?
— .249 avg. 9th
— Runs scored 8th
— Home Runs 12th*
— Walks 1st
— OBP 3rd
— SLG 13th*
— OPS 12th*
— RISP 6th
— Wins 7th
Perception: The Tribe lurks only 1.5 games behind the White Sox, is 5-1 against Detroit and took 2 of 3 from the World Champion Cardinals. So far so good.
Reality: The league’s best walk rate boosts OBP and the top half RISP (.262) is a pleasant surprise. However, dismal power numbers and mediocre batting and runs scored figures suggest that without improvement the future/real water level for this team is perilous.
Top of the Order
— .271 3 HR 18 RBI
— batting .306 since moving to the leadoff spot
— average and power numbers are down and mirror last year’s decline
— hitting .304 in June but with 1 RBI, 0 walks and 10 Ks.
Perception: Has stabilized the leadoff spot. If the power reappears he may become a dynamic threat at the top of the order.
Reality: Has stabilized the leadoff spot. A much more consistent hitter when he uses both sides of the field and although his home run rate is down his 2Bs are up. Good move by Acta.
— .291 5 HR 25 RBI
— More walks than strikeouts (25/23)
— .354 with RISP
— power numbers are down (this time last year he was .302/12/42) — only .262/0/5 in June
Perception: Clutch, consistent hitter who seems more mature and focused.
Reality: Not likely he will repeat last season’s home run total but his RBI pace could improve. He and Kipnis are the ones we want with the game on the line.
— .284 10 HRs 40 RBI
— .410 with RISP, .381 in the No. 3 hole
— strong reduction in strikeout rate from last season and early this year has improved his game
Perception: Baseball player.
Reality: Baseball player.
What do you see in the top of the order?