The Indians didn’t have a Super June to coincide with the Super Moon we saw this month, it turned out to be a decent, not-embarrassing month.
Where we stand: 44-38 (.537) and tied for first place?
Most pleasant surprise this month: Just one? Jason Kipnis. Here’s his line for the last 30 days (June 1-30):
But the team also went 15-13 in a month that saw the team stumble over an eight-game losing streak. But it was just a stumble–losing didn’t become a way of life. And they still managed to finish the month over .500. Other pleasant surprises: Justin Masterson continuing to be a stud; Corey Kluber and Zach McAllister developing into respectable major league starters, and Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez continuing their phoenix-like attempts at baseball redemption.
Biggest disappointment this month: That eight-game losing streak.
Biggest challenge for the upcoming month: Not losing momentum after the All-Star break. We don’t have a lot of big stars on this team. Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn and Jason Giambi have been big stars elsewhere, but it seems like when a player comes to the Indians, he no longer stands out. Maybe that isn’t a bad thing. Maybe having a team of pretty damn good players who can take turns stepping up when we need a timely hit or sharp defense is better than having a couple of marquee type players on whom everything seems to depend.
Bonus question: Is it time to get Trevor Bauer and Nick Hagadone discount passes on the MegaBus between Cleveland and Columbus?