Jason Kipnis is raking at the plate for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 July 2016 at 4:38 pm

29-year old lefty swinging 2B Jason Kipnis is raking at the plate right now for the Cleveland Indians.  He has played in 46 games since June 1st and he is 56 of 181 (.309 avg) with 30 runs scored, 9 homers, 24 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Kipnis has now played in 95 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 109 of 381 (.286 avg, .832 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 16 homers, 52 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Kipnis is currently third on the Tribe in runs scored, homers and RBIs.  The Indians hope that Kipnis keeps raking at the plate, as he has been a force this year with a bat in his hands.

Mike Napoli has been a force in the middle of the lineup for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 15 July 2016 at 11:33 pm

When the Cleveland Indians signed 34-year old righty swinging 1B Mike Napoli over the winter, they were hoping that he would hit some homers and be an improvement defensively over Carlos Santana at 1B.  He has done both of those things so far this year for the Tribe.  Napoli has played in 82 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 76 of 313 (.243 avg, .793 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 18 homers, 61 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has whiffed 119 times so far this year, but the Tribe is OK with that as long as he keeps hitting a lot of homers and piles up the RBIs.  Napoli leads the Indians in RBIs (61) and he is second on the team in both runs scored (54) and homers (18).  Since May 1st, Napoli has played in 62 games for the Tribe in which he is 60 for 235 (.255 avg) with 42 runs scored, 14 homers and 50 RBIs.  The Tribe hope Napoli keeps up the good work in the second half of the 2016 season!

Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 6:55 pm

22-year old switch-hitting SS Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians has been named to the All Star Team for the first time of his career.  He has played in 86 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 101 of 333 (.303 avg, .816 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 10 homers, 44 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  Lindor has now played in 185 games in his first two years with the Tribe and he is 223 of 723 (.308 avg, .827 OPS) with 109 runs scored, 22 homers, 95 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.  Lindor can do it all on the field, as he has power, speed and he is an excellent defensive player.  I think 2016 will be the first of many All-Star Games that Lindor will play in!

A trio of young players have been unsung heroes for the Cleveland Indians in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 7 July 2016 at 5:32 pm

The Cleveland Indians have had rough luck in the outfield so far this year, as far as injuries and suspensions go.  Starting LF Michael Brantley has missed most of this season as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery.  Projected starting CF Abraham Almonte was suspended right before the 2016 season for 80 games due to failing a drug test for PEDs.  He has just returned to action.  Then Marlon Byrd was suspended for 162 games this year due to him failing the second PED test of his career!  So there have been a lot of ABs for outfielders to gobble up for the Indians and three guys have really stepped up their games so far in 2016.  23-year old switch-hitting Jose Ramirez has been playing a lot at 3B and in the outfield so far this year despite being a natural middle infielder.  His defense gets better every day and he has been very productive at the plate for the Tribe.  Ramirez has played in 76 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 81 of 270 (.300 avg, .790 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 4 homers, 34 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Tyler Naquin came into this season as the Indians’ #6 prospect according to Baseball America.  Naquin has been showing people so far why he was so highly thought of.  He has played in 55 games for the Indians so far this year and he is 47 of 147 (.320 avg, .961 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 7 homers, 19 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Naquin also has an amazing 5 triples already this year!  Naquin has whiffed 49 times against 14 walks so far this year, so it’s doubtful that he can keep up the batting average he is putting up right now.  27-year old lefty swinging RF Lonnie Chisenhall started the 2016 season on the D.L., but he is making up for lost time.  He has played in 61 games so far this year for the Tribe and he is 61 of 199 (.307 avg, .832 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 5 homers, 26 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  The Indians need this trio to keep up the good work in the second half of the 2016 season.

Juan Uribe is turning up the power in June for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 27 June 2016 at 2:16 pm

37-year old righty swinging 3B Juan Uribe is turning up the power at the plate lately for the Cleveland Indians.  In his first 16 games this June for the Tribe, Uribe is 10 for 56 (.179 avg, .668 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 5 homers and 10 RBIs.  Uribe has now played in 55 games overall this year for the Indians and he is 42 of 185 (.227 avg, .665 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 7 homers and 21 RBIs.  Uribe needs to keep it up with the bat, or the Indians might try to replace him by making a trade in late July.

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