CLEVELAND: Jason Kipnis is tied for fifth in the American League with 26 steals in 31 attempts for an 84 percent success rate.
He’s not going to catch league leader Mike Trout, who has 41 (in 45 attempts), but Kipnis’ ability to steal adds an important weapon to his arsenal.
Stealing bases is the kind of risk-reward activity that makes sense only if you succeed at least 70 percent of the time.
“Everybody loves stolen bases when the guy is safe and hates them if he’s out,” manager Manny Acta said Monday. “If you’re not going to be safe at least 70-75 percent of the time, don’t run.”
By that standard, Kipnis won’t stop running any time soon. But how has he achieved such a lofty percentage? Reading the pitcher, enabling him to get a big jump.
“He does a tremendous job; he’s really good at that, especially against lefties,” Acta said.
NIGHT OFF — Brent Lillibridge played shortstop instead of Asdrubal Cabrera Monday night.
“Asdrubal has been a little beat up lately, and he’s a little tired,” Acta said. “He needs a day off.”
FARM FACTS — Russ Canzler hit his 21st home run of the season, doubled, singled and drove in two runs, as Columbus beat Indianapolis 5-3 in Class AAA. T.J. McFarland (7-6, 5.12 ERA) gave up three runs and eight hits in 6⅔ innings. … Tony Wolters had two doubles and a single in Carolina’s 9-5 loss to Salem in Class A. … Jose Ramirez had three hits in Lake County’s 4-2 loss to Great Lakes in Class A. … Claudio Bautista hit his sixth home run of the year and Eric Haase hit his third as the Arizona League Indians defeated the Angels 8-6.
— Sheldon Ocker