Somehow the Indians completing a sweep wasn't the big sports story in Cleveland this morning.
- April 4-10: Mike Napoli
- April 11-17: Jason Kipnis
- April 18-24: Francisco Lindor
- April 25-May 1: Carlos Santana (my pick), Tyler Naquin (reader vote)
- May 2-8: Francisco Lindor
- May 9-15: Jason Kipnis
- May 16-22: Rajai Davis
- May 23-29: Jose Ramirez
- May 30-June 5: Tyler Naquin
- June 6-12: Trevor Bauer
Last week's winner, Bauer continued his excellent June with another very strong performance, this time striking out nine while allowing just two runs in seven innings Friday night against Chicago. It was Bauer's fourth straight start that lasted 7+ innings, and his third start in a row without allowing a home run.
Davis hit .389/.450/.667 in 20 plate appearances last week, which gave him a wRC+ of 205. He stole two bases on Tuesday, homered on Wednesday (tying the game), stole another base on Saturday, then topped it all on Sunday with his first four-hit game since 2012. Two of those hits were doubles, and he stole another two bases, giving him five steals for the week.
Kipnis hit .250/.333/.500 in 28 plate appearances during the week, giving him a wRC+ of 124. He homered during Monday's game, bringing the Tribe within a run in the eighth inning. Friday night he struck during the eighth inning again, this time with a double that put the Indians ahead. Then on Saturday he picked up the team's first hit of the game, helping to trigger a five-run first inning that turned the contest into a laugher.
Uribe missed most of the week after getting hit in the junk with a 106-MPH ground ball last weekend. He returned on Saturday and had three hits, including a home run, and scoring three runs. On Sunday he picked up another two hits, including another home run, giving him a .556/.556/1.333 batting line in his nine plate appearances, good for a wRC+ of 419.
I admire Uribe for bouncing back with such aplomb, but Rajai Davis was great in more than twice the playing time. Davis is also the first Indians player with 20 stolen bases before the end of June since Grady Sizemore in 2007, which is something. Congratulations, Rajai!