Saturday afternoon, he continued his hot play. Kipnis led the Indians with three hits, including a triple and a home run. These two straight victories over the Twins have moved the Indians from one game under .500 to one game over. While the Twins are not the toughest competition, the Indians will need victories over the hapless Twins if they want to move into contention after their offseason splurge.
As Kipnis has picked up six of his ten RBIs on the season in these last two games, the Indians will help that Kipnis and the entire lineup can parlay their recent success into a flurry of good play. While the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals are currently pacing the AL Central, the Indians will need their bats to get hot quickly if they want to crash the party. Though there were high hopes on the Indians rotation entering the season, it seems unlikely that neither Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jiminez nor Saturday’s starter Scott Kazmir are progressing into the ace that the Indians sorely lack.
Instead, if the Indians want to remain above the .500 plateau, they will need to rely on more strong performances at the plate — like the last two nights’ by Jason Kipnis. Currently second in the American League in both batting average and home runs, the Indians and new manager Terry Francona will need to hope that they can sustain their current torrid pace in order to move into contention.
Gabe Isaacson is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @gabeisaacson.