The Cleveland Indians closed out the month of April the way they started it; with a victory.
A 14-2 drubbing of the Philadelphia Phillies in which Cleveland banged out seven homeruns, including five two-run shots brought the first month of the 2013 Major League Baseball season to close. Here is a quick rundown of the highs, lows, and MVP for the month of April.
April record: 11-13, .458 winning percentage
Standing in division: 3.5 games back from first place
Longest winning streak: three (two times including a current three game winning streak to close out the month)
Longest losing streak: five (from April 14-April 19; one to Chicago White Sox, three game sweep to Boston, one to Houston)
Biggest surprise: Justin Masterson (has been the only reliable pitcher on a staff that ranks 26th in all of baseball in ERA. Masterson is top 10 in the AL in Wins and Strikeouts)
Biggest disappointment: Jason Kipnis (this time last year, Kipnis hit 3 homeruns with 12 RBIs, and held a .256 batting average. To date, Kipnis is hitting just .200 with one homer and four runs batted in while battling an inflamed elbow injury.)
Highlight: Justin Masterson pitching a complete game, nine inning shutout on April 12 against the Chicago White Sox. Cleveland won on a walk off single in the bottom of the 9th for the 1-0 victory.
Lowlight: A 14-1 loss to the New York Yankees at home on April 9, a game in which starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco was ejected. Carrasco was sent to the minors and hasn’t returned.
Player to watch: Carlos Santana (the Cleveland catcher leads all of MLB in batting average)
Crazy stat of the month: Four, as in the number of games Cleveland had postponed due to weather
April MVP: Mark Reynolds (a career .237 hitter, Reynolds is on fire the first month of the season. Hitting .301 with 8 HRs and 22 RBIs, Reynolds is in the Top 5 in both homers and RBIs in the American League. This time last year with Baltimore, Reynolds was hitting just .143 with 3 HRs and 10 RBIs.)
Overall record: 11-13, 3.5 games out of first place