Cleveland Indians: April review, highs, lows, rainouts, and MVP

Apr 7, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Cleveland Indians first baseman Mark Reynolds (12) doubles during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Cleveland won 13-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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

Topics: Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis, Justin Masterson, Mark Reynolds, Mvp

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