Aug 21, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley (23) bats against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
The Tribe has knocked in 269 doubles this season, which is the second-highest total in the league (behind only the Toronto Blue Jays, who are ahead of everyone in nearly every category). That shouldn’t be a surprise – Michael leads all of baseball with 44 doubles, and Kipnis has 38 of his own – tied for fifth in the league. The Cleveland Indians are doubles-machines this season, in large part thanks to the top of their order.
With all of those extra-base hits, it seems like more runs would have been scored, but in the first half the Tribe couldn’t buy a run with runners in scoring position. Over the last month or so, the team has really come around thanks to the young players and trade deadline acquisitions. In the process, they’ve managed to turn those doubles into runs, which has had an obvious impact on their season.
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The Indians have one of the highest team on-base percentages in the game. Tribe hitters are getting on base at a clip of .325 – putting them sixth in baseball and fourth in the AL on the leaderboards. Again, this speaks to several individuals stepping up and impressing with their on-base skills.
In the American League, Brantley is ranked third, with a .385 OBP, and Kipnis isn’t far behind in a three-way tie for seventh place at .371. Carlos Santana also cracks the Top-20, as he is tied with David Ortiz at .361. Together with output from rookies like Lindor, whose partial season doesn’t qualify for the individual leaderboard, the Indians have done a phenomenal job of getting on base. If only they could find a way to knock those runs in.
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