There were a lot of expectations put on Jason Kipnis when the 2013 season arrived.
It hasn’t been the best of years for Kipnis and the Cleveland Indians, but it appears he is turning things around with six hits in his last three games and a seven-game hitting streak. If Cleveland wants to have a chance at the playoffs, they are going to need him to continually improve.
He was hitting .258 going into play on Thursday and while his career average is .259, the team has to hope that he can become a much better hitter in time. Kipnis has been in Cleveland for long enough now to have all of the jitters out of his system. We should be seeing a hitter with an average around .280 or .290 instead of where he is at. The Indians have been struggling in recent weeks and are now under the .500 mark again.
This is a year that I thought Cleveland could finish with about 84 wins. They could still do that, but for it for happen, they have to get more out of Kipnis. He has to become a left-handed hitter that other teams fear instead of not having to worry about.
We will have to see if his 14 stolen bases helps his cause because teams aren’t going to want to walk him for the fear that he could steal second. Speed is one of those qualities that make Kipnis the player that he is. It’s just time for him to take it to a whole new level for the Indians.