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):

RK Player Team Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1  Kipnis, J CLE 2B 27 93 17 39 12 1 4 25 20 22 9 1 .419 .517 .699 1.216

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?

3 Comments

  • Swift says:

    “Is it time to get Trevor Bauer and Nick Hagadone discount passes on the MegaBus between Cleveland and Columbus?”

    No. I would rather they both stay in Columbus and learn how to pitch.

    • Sean Porter says:

      Amen to that.

      I’m starting to come to grips with what I always secretly thought: Trevor Bauer is a head-case. A pitcher drafted 3rd overall one year gets traded the next year for a reason.

      • BournFan says:

        If anyone can get Bauer on track, it’ll be Tito..I’m not too worried about him for the future