Jun 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) is congratulated in the dugout for hitting a 2 run home run during the sixth inning against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field. Cleveland won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians: May and June reviews, highs, lows, and MVP


The Cleveland Indians are now undefeated in opening games of the month, having won the first game of each month of the 2013 season so far.

Because no article was done to cover the month of May, here is a combined rundown of the highs, lows, and MVP for the months of May and June.

May & June combined records:  33-25

Standing in division:  First place

Longest winning streak:  Five (From May 15-May 20; one against Philadelphia and four against Seattle)

Longest losing streak:  Eight (from June 2-June 10; one to Tampa, three to the Yankees, three to the Tigers, and one to Texas)

Biggest surprise:  Jason Kipnis (has combined for a .340 batting average with 38 runs scored, 11 homers, 47 RBIs and 14 stolen bases)

Biggest disappointment: Chris Perez (aside from his ERA ballooning to 7.27 in the last two months, Perez has spent two stints on the disabled list as well as being arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana)

Highlight:  Justin Masterson pitching a complete game shutout on May 13 against the New York Yankees. Cleveland won the game 1-0.

Lowlight:  An 8-game losing streak that included three game sweeps by the Yankees and Tigers.

Player to watch: Justin Masterson (the Cleveland pitcher is third in the AL in wins and strikeouts)

Crazy stat of the month:  12, as in Jason Kipnis’ current hitting streak. The Tribe is 9-3 during the streak.

May and June MVP:  Jason Kipnis (the last two months, Kipnis has been on a tear, batting .340 with 68 hits, 38 runs scored, 11 homers, 47 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases. His batting average has gone from .200 on April 30 to .299 on June 29. Kipnis is currently on a 12 game hitting streak where he hitting .500 (20 for 40) and has driven in 17 runs during the streak)

Overall record:  44-38, first place in the division

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