SI ranks Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis as AL MVP front-runner

Kipnis Laugh

First it was the pre-season cover, “This is our Year.” Then it was a low blow at a Carrasco injury. Then is was calling us the worst defensive team in history. Then it was not even mentioning us a tweet. Now, it’s Jason Kipnis.

It seems Sports Illustrated can’t get enough of the Cleveland Indians, and the magazine’s latest MLB article supports that: In its “Awards Watch” segment, Jason Kipnis was named as the AL MVP if the season were to end today. We know just how ridiculous Kipnis’ line is, so this should come as a surprise to no one. Here are some notes on him from Indians Baseball Information as of 6/24:

  • Extended his current hit streak to a career-best 19 games with a single in the bottom of the 3rd…marks the longest hit streak by an Indians player since a 22-game streak by Michael Brantley from May 20-June 15, 2012…is the longest active streak in the Majors and the longest hit streak in the American League this yearalso matches longest hit streak in the Majors this season, as Washington’s Wilson Ramos had a 19-game streak from April 24-May 19.
  • Kipnis has also hit safely in 28 straight games at home, which is the longest hit streak by any player at Progressive Field…marks the longest active home hit streak in the Majors and the longest by any player since Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez hit in 29 consecutive home games from May 20-July 31, 2012.
  • Is hitting .500 (54-for-108) with 17 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 15 RBI and 26 runs scored during this 28-game home hit streak.
  • The 28-game streak is now the 2nd-longest home hit streak in club history, behind Hal Trosky’s 31-game home hit streak that spanned from May 27, 1936-Aug. 2, 1936.
  • His 99 hits through the team’s first 71 games are the most by an Indians hitter since Carlos Baerga tallied 101 hits through the team’s first 71 games in 1995.
  • Has a hit in 57 of the 70 games he has played…Miami’s Dee Gordon and Texas’ Prince Fielder have both hit in 56 games coming into today.

MVP numbers indeed. Let’s hope we get the wins rolling and really make a case for this deserving candidate.

SI’s full article can be read here.

-TribeVibe contributor Ryan Delgado

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