Monday night, Lonnie Chisenhall announced to the baseball world that there is a new star playing in Cleveland, with a 5-for-5 performance that included three home runs and nine RBIs.
That Chisenhall is an emerging star seems obvious after his historic performance, but most casual fans probably did not know who he was before Monday night. While he was considered an elite prospect a few years ago, he did not quite hit his stride in MLB until this year. While he hit .390 in Triple-A last season, his numbers in the majors were much more pedestrian. But in 161 at bats so far this year, Chisenhall is hitting .385, and he looks like a potential All-Star.
And while his performance on Monday could be dismissed as just one good night, it would be hard to overstate just how good it was. Since 1920, when RBIs started being tracked officially, only three other players have managed a night with five hits, three home runs and nine RBIs, according to Cleveland.com.
The Cleveland Indians have been hot lately, and Chisenhall’s play has had a lot to do with it. He has contributed with both his bat and his glove, and if he keeps it up, he will have to be considered for the All-Star game. But even more importantly, Chisenhall has helped the Indians to get back into contention in the American League Central division. It is safe to assume that Chisenhall will cool down somewhat as the season continues. But it also seems likely that a star has emerged in Cleveland, and he just might make the Indians into serious contenders.