#VoteTribe: Get Brantley, Bourn, Cabby, Murph and the rest to Minnesota!
The Indians continue a six-game homestand tonight with the start of a three-game series vs. the Red Sox at Progressive Field, Boston’s only trip to Cleveland this season.
Tuesday is Michael Bourn bobblehead night, courtesy of Shearer’s, and it’s perfect timing: Bourn was the hero on Sunday, with a walk-off homer to beat the Rockies and complete a Tribe sweep!
And since Bourn is red hot, here’s a friendly reminder: Fans can vote up to 35 times on MLB.com/Vote for Bourn, similarly on-fire Michael Brantley and the rest of the Tribe hitters to make the American League All-Star team! (Pitchers are not eligible in the vote, though Corey Kluber should be in line for his first All-Star appearance after a stellar month of May.)
Here is some statistical evidence (current as of Sunday night) for why fans should vote for Bourn, Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera and the rest!
MICHAEL BRANTLEY: Outfield
- “Dr. Smooth” hit safely in 19 consecutive home games (April 20-May 30), establishing a new record by an Indians batter in Progressive Field history (1994-2014).
- The record was previously shared by Kenny Lofton (1996) and Robbie Alomar (2000) who each recorded 18-gamers.
- Brantley’s 19-gamer is the longest home hit streak in the Majors this season.
- Also has hit safely in 15 of 16 games since May 14, batting .383 (25-69) with 8 extra-base hits, 10 RBI and 15 runs scored.
Ranks near the top of several statistical categories:
- RBI: T-1, 40
- Average: 4th, .307
- Extra-base hits: T-2, 23
- OPS (On-base plus slugging percentage): 3rd, .875
MICHAEL BOURN: Outfield
- Has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games since May 17 – over that stretch has gone 22-63 (.349) with 3 doubles, 5 RBI and 10 runs scored.
ASDRUBAL CABRERA: Shortstop
- Over his last 22 games dating back to May 7 vs. Minnesota, Cabrera has hit .296 (24-81) with 9 extra-base hits (6 doubles & 3 homers), 9 RBI and 16 runs scored.
DAVID MURPHY: Oufield
- In his first season in Cleveland, Murphy – signed in free agency this offseason – ranks fifth among AL outfielders in RBI with 32.
COREY KLUBER: Pitcher (fans do not vote on pitchers)
- Earned his 6th victory of the season on Friday, which also was his 9th quality start in 12 outings.
- He struck out 12 marking the 5th time in his career and 3rd time this season he’s struck out 10 or more batters.
- In May, he was a perfect 4-0 with a 2.09 ERA (10 ER/43.0 IP) in 6 starts, posting 60 strikeouts against just 8 walks.
- His 95 strikeouts tie him for the American League lead (Boston’s Jon Lester).
- The 60 strikeouts are the most for an Indians pitcher in any calendar month since Dennis Eckersley registered 60 punchouts in September/October, 1976 (made final start on Oct. 2).
o Since 1914, Kluber is just the 5th different Indians pitcher to strike out at least 60 batters in a single month. The others: Sam McDowell (8 times), Bob Feller (8 times), Herb Score (once) and Dennis Eckersley (once).
o Kluber joins Yu Darvish (64, Aug. 2013) of the Texas Rangers as just the second pitcher in the Majors over the last 10 seasons (2015-14) to record 60+ strikeouts in a single month.
o The last Major League pitcher to record 60+ K’s in the month of May was Arizona’s Curt Schilling (62) in 2002.