How hot it Jason Kipnis right now?
Let’s break it down:
From The beginning of the season through April 30th, Jason’s stat line looked like this:
AVG: .200 / OBP: .269 / SLG: .286
14 H: 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR; 4 RBI
It was ugly. There were some hushed whispers about sending Jason down to Columbus to “figure it out.” But then, when all hope seemed lost, something clicked for the Indians’ second baseman; as the calendar turned from April to May, Kipnis started to hit. Nearly three weeks into the month, he hasn’t stopped (From May 1):
AVG: .295 / OBP: .362 / SLG: .738
18 H: 5 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR; 19 RBI
For the majority of this hot streak, Kipnis was doing his damage in the early part of games; his first five home runs were hit in the first inning. In the last few days, however, Jason has hit big home runs in the latter part of games as well, a statistic punctuated by his 10th-inning walk-off homer. Though he will eventually have to cool off a little bit, the Indians are more than happy to climb on the back of their star-in-the-making second baseman.
Here’s a heat-map, to illustrate my point: