Brantley having remarkable first half, so #VoteSmooth early and often!
Tribe fans: Michael Brantley – better known as Dr. Smooth – has a problem even he can’t fix.
He’s our resident Mr. Fix-It, but he needs your help on this one: Vote for him often to get him to the All-Star Game in Minnesota in July!
You can vote up to 25 times – 35 if you have a MLB.com account – on MLB.com. We’re here to help motivate you to get out the vote. May we present to you the top reasons why you should vote for Brantley!
He’s streaky: He’s hit safely in 14 consecutive games, batting .393 (22-56) w/ 6 XBH’s (3-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR), 9 RBI, 12 runs & a 1.058 OPS (.469OBP/.589SLG)
- That’s the longest active streak in the Majors and longest by a member of the Indians since JASON KIPNIS hit safely in a team season-high 16 straight, June 18-July 5, 2013.
- Brantley owns Cleveland’s 2 longest hit streaks of the 2014 season, as he also put together an 11-gamer from April 29-May 11 (.356, 4 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1.032 OPS)
- His active 18-game home hit streak ties the longest in Progressive Field history, also held by Kenny Lofton (1996) and Robbie Alomar (2000).
He’s, frankly, one of the three best outfielders in the American League. Here’s how he ranks in key categories:
- 2014 OFFENSIVE LEADERS, AL OUTFIELDERS
- Alex Rios (TEX) .329
- Melky Cabrera (TOR) .314
- Michael Brantley (CLE) .310
- Jose Bautista (TOR) .962
- Brandon Moss (OAK) .925
- Mike Trout (LAA) .901
- Brantley .887
- XBH Outfielder
- Trout 25
- Rios 22
- Cabrera 23
- Brantley 21
- RBI Outfielder
- Brantley 39
- Bautista 36
- Trout 35
- David Murphy (CLE) 31
He’s smooth in the outfield, too: Brantley also has a .990 fielding pct. (1ER/98TC) and leads the Majors with 6 OF assists…lone miscue was charged to Brantley following an unfortunate OF collision on April 2 at OAK (G2) and ended a franchise record streak of 247 errorless games for Brantley.
He plays big in big moments: In the Tribe’s 11-10, 13-inning, balk-off win over Detroit on May 21, Brantley recorded his seventh career four-hit game.
Earlier in the week, with the Tribe coming off a three-game sweep by Oakland, Brantley hit a walk-off homer, the first game-winning hit of his career.
He’s made history this year: In that May 21 win, Brantley became just the sixth Indians player dating back to 1914 to notch at least 4 hits, 3 RBI and 2 stolen bases in the same game, the first such effort since Frankin Gutierrez on July 16, 2007 in an 11-10 loss to the White Sox here in Cleveland…others accomplishing the feat for Cleveland were Joe Carter (6/10/86), Chuck Hinton (6/27/65), Lew Fonseca (4/18/29) and Charlie Jamieson (6/15/25)
Brantley played all 13 innings of the May 21 balk-off game in left-field and did not record a single defensive chance of any kind; Chuck Hinton of Washington holds the Major League record, recording no chances in left field in an 18-inning game on June 14, 1963 vs. the Indians at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
–Cleveland Indians Baseball Information Department