Cleveland (WOIO) - When the Indians look back on the 2013 season, hopefully raising their champagne glasses to toast their World Series title in the process (hey, a guy can dream, right?), they'll remember key stretches during the season, and those who kept 'em rolling during tough times. And they can thank Jason Kipnis for the month of June.
Remember, the Tribe began the month with a brutal road trip, getting clobbered in New York, and then Detroit, before regaining their footing down in Texas. And that's when Kipnis started heating up. After struggling out of the gate to start the season, he turned on the jets in June, hitting .419, with 12 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 25 RBI, 17 runs scored and 30 walks in 27 games. Staggering numbers, especially when you consider that his teammates' bats were dead. Kipnis kept the Indians close to the Tigers in the standings, until the rest of the team came alive again. He not only earned A.L. Player of the Month honors, he battled his way back into All-Star consideration.
It takes more than a few key players, having career years, to turn a team into a contender. We're seeing it with Justin Masterson. And we're witnessing a phenomenal run by Kipnis as well. And it has everything to do with why the Indians are atop the division, midway through.
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