Latest Update Kipnis not in Indians' starting lineup Sunday Sun Jul, 27, 11:12 AM
Has a very good bat, complete with run-producing and home-run acumen. Runs fairly well and can steal a base, too. Is improving his defense at second base.
Flaws: : Needs to curb his strikeout totals a little bit in order to maximize his offensive output. Also needs to improve his batting versus left-handed pitching a little.
Having started every game since May 31 and a recent five-game 2-for-21 slump, this seemed like a good time for Terry Francona to give his second baseman a much-needed rest. Jose Ramirez will work a the keystone Sunday.Analyst: Howard Bender
Kipnis went 5-for-15 in the four game weekend series in Detroit, hitting two homers in the opening game on Friday night, and driving in six runs while scoring three over the course of the series.Analyst: Ivar G. Anderson
It looks like it could be a take of two halves for Kipnis yet again, except this time it's a dominant second half instead of a first. Chalk up the power outage to the oblique injury early on as the Indians' second baseman put it all behind him with a strong performance to open the second half. He won't reach the 20-20 mark we were all hoping for, but a strong second half could certainly salvage what has seemingly been a lost season for the third-year pro. This game may have just ruined your chance to buy low on him, so hopefully you acted quickly before.Analyst: Howard Bender
Kipnis is now batting .286 with five stolen bases out of the leadofff spot this year and that could just bring him more opportunity there with Michale Bourn injured and the team really lacking another burner to put in that spot. It's been a tough first half for Kipnis as an oblique injury really messed him up for a while. However, July has been very good to him so far and he's hit safely in seven of nine games with six multi-hit performances and five stolen bases in his last three. Continue to view him as a top option at the position and look for more power and speed in the second half.Analyst: Howard Bender