Where We At? June 2012

The Indians had some ups and some downs in June. Here are the players that brought their batting averages up, ERAs down and those that were called up and sent down to and from Columbus. Same rules as last time, the ranking is for the entire year, the stat for the last month.

1. Jason Kipnis Even (0)

8 Steals: Kipnis lead the team again in June and retains his top spot in the player rankings. This month he stole 8 bases as he continues to lead the team in that stat among others. He was not caught stealing during the month of June.

2. Justin Masterson Above (+4)

2 Wins: Justin Masterson finally pitched like the ace he is this month as he only allowed 8 runs in 35 innings and earned two wins for his efforts. He did lose 3 games during the month due to lack of run support, but he showed a vast improvement in his overall results.

3. Shin-Soo Choo Above (+5)

.579 Slugging Percent: Choo really turned it on during the last two games of the month to make his numbers respectable. With those two games (10 total bases) he took over the team lead in batting average and slugging percent in June.

4. Asdrubal Cabrera Above (-2)

20 RBI: Cabrera lead the team in June in RBI batting out of the second spot in the lineup. The fact that he could do this at all goes a lot to show how successful Choo has been as a lead-off hitter and how well the bottom of the lineup is getting on base. Cabrera has had to his part too, by actually taking advantage of these scoring opportunities.

5. Vinnie Pestano Above (+4)

4 Hits Allowed: Pestano was dominant again in June and he only allowed 4 hits and 1 run in his 9.1 innings. He also added another 5 saves to his already impressive total.

6. Michael Brantley Above (-1)

10 Walks: Brantley improved so much in June that he was temporarily placed in the clean-up spot with Santana on the mend. The 10 walks match his total for the previous two months and show his improvement in maturity as a hitter.

7. Chris Perez Above (0)

0 Walks Allowed: Perez continued his streak of perfection as he saved another 6 straight games. During save opportunties he has been just about perfect and didn’t allow a single walk all month.

8. Ubaldo Jimenez Above (+7)

.210 Batting Average Against: The former finally found his stride during the month of June and not only didn’t allow runners on by hit, but also cut his walks down as he only walked 11 compared to 32 strike outs.

9. Derek Lowe Below (-6)

3 Losses: What happened to Derek Lowe? Reality. With rate stats of a 6.49 ERA, .317 BAA and 1.64 WHIP it is no surprise that Lowe lost three of his six starts. What is surprising is that he didn’t lose all six.

10. Joe Smith Even (+4)

12 Games: Smith pitched in more games than any Indians reliever this month. He should be the Indians most used as he continues to keep batters off the bases and from crossing the plate.

11. Carlos Santana Below (New)

20 Strike outs: In limited playing time (20 games), Santana still managed to strike out more than all but two players on the team. This wouldn’t be as big of a deal if he had more than 11 hits during the entire month.

12. Casey Kotchman Even (-2)

3 Home Runs: No one expected this type of power coming out of Kotchman this season, but it is a good thing he has been hitting the long ball as he isn’t hitting much else. His .229 average during June is a far cry from the top ten hitter the Indians thought they were getting in the off season.

13. Jose Lopez Below (-2)

.273 OBP: What would be a fairly good batting average for Lopez is a terrible on-base percentage as he only managed to walk twice all month. Things were looking good with Chisenhall taking his place as back-up third baseman, but with Lonnie out for the foreseeable future, Lopez will have to step up his game over the next month.

14. Zach McAllister Above (New)

1 Start: McAllister only made one start during June, but it was a good one as he only allowed 2 runs and earned the win.

15. Josh Tomlin Below (-2)

.346 BAA: Tomlin and Lowe, along with Gomez have been the two Indians starters keeping the team down during the past month as their two aces have started performing. Tomlin has been especially bad as he allowed more runs and hits than any other pitcher this month.

16. Jack Hannahan Below (New)

0 Extra Base Hits: Hannahan missed the end of May and the beginning of June on the DL, but since his return he has made Indians fans wished he stayed there. He will see more regular at bats with Chisenhall out despite his .143 batting average that month.

17. Esmil Rogers Above (New)

1.74 ERA: The Rockies must be shocked as Rogers looks like a completely different pitcher for the Indians than he did in Colorado. His ERA this month is fairly significant as well as he pitched the third most innings of all the Indians relievers with 10.1.

18. Johnny Damon Even (-1)

12 Runs: Damon has struggled his whole time with the Tribe, but was a little better this month. Damon lead all players that aren’t every day starters with 12 runs and 12 RBI.

19. Jeremy Accardo Below (-1)

12 Strike Outs: Accardo struck out 12 in his 12 innings pitched, but he also gave up 20 base runners. It’s hard to give up that many runners with giving up runs and Accardo didn’t prove that wrong as he had an ERA of 5.25.

20. Shelley Duncan Below (-4)

9 Hits: Duncan has been seeing less and less playing time since the signing of Damon and that trend will likely continue as more Indians come back from injury if he continues to bat near .200.

21. Lou Marson Above (+4)

.383 AVG: Marson made the biggest improvement of any Indian during June. After only 5 hits and 5 runs during the first two months, he hit 18 times in June with 10 runs scored. He also increased his extra base hits (5 in June after only 2 the previous two months) and RBI (4 in June, 1 in April and May combined). His biggest leap was in batting average where he increase his .147 average to .284 in just one month.

22. Nick Hagadone Below (-10)

12 Runs Allowed: Only three pitchers allowed more runs than Hagadone this month and all three are starters with more than over 20 innings pitched while Hagadone only threw 7. His failure has kept the Indians from using him in close situations this month after he was given two save opportunities just last month.

23. Aaron Cunningham Below (-5)

.139 OPS: This low of an OPS should not be possible in the Major Leagues. No value of late inning defense is worth the putrid batting abilities of Cunningham. He needs to be the next player out the door with his playing time given to Duncan to see if his season is savable at this point.

24. Tony Sipp Below (-5)

0.90 WHIP: Sipp finally stopped allowing so many runners as he recorded season lows in batting average against and WHIP this month. While he still allowed a lot of runs (5 on 4 home runs), the decrease in batters on base is a confident sign that he is improving and the runs should stop scoring as he continues his improvement.

25. Jason Donald DNP (New)

Jason Donald did not play this month as he was just added to the roster on the last day of the month. Donalds poor play early in the season was not enough to move him out of last place.



No longer with us (May Ranking in parenthesis):

Matt LaPorta Below (DNP)

Jeanmar Gomez Below (4)

Lonnie Chisenhall Even (21)

Scott Barnes Below (24)

Joseph Coblitz

About Joseph Coblitz

Joseph is the primary writer and editor of BurningRiverBaseball.com and has been since its inception in 2011. He also writes for The Outside Corner and the Comeback and hosts the Tribe Time Now podcast. He is a graduate of the University of Akron and currently resides in Goodyear, Arizona the Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians. Follow on twitter @BurningRiverBB