Jason Kipnis: ‘We need some guys to start stepping up right now’

“It’s getting into late July right now. We can make excuses for a while, but we need some guys to start stepping up right now. We’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot these last two games. You can’t blame the starting pitching. You can’t blame the bullpen. You can’t win many games if you don’t score runs.”

— Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, as reported by the Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes, following Saturday’s 3-2 loss in Minnesota. The All-Star also called out his own mistake for bobbling a potential double play ball that led to Ryan Doumit scoring the go-ahead run in the sixth inning. Cleveland has lost each of their first two second-half games by a score of 3-2 in Target Field. The Indians offense has just six singles, three extra-base hits and six walks in the two contests, as they’ve now dropped to 51-46 on the season. The final game of the series is Sunday afternoon at 2:10 p.m.

[Related: Sunday Tribe Notes: Target Field, lefty relievers and 2014 salaries]

  • Harv 21

    well all right. He’s certainly earned the right to call out the team. It’s better done by him than a 41 year old part-timer or a guy hitting .240. This is a good thing – the first public glimpses of leadership from your young star.

  • rbj

    The Indians need to stop bringing in over the hill players. We spent 7K for Meyers a pitcher where is he? We spent 5K last year for Sizemore what did that get us?? We spent 54K for Swisher wasn’t that bargain and we bring two other guys Stubbs & Reynolds who do nothing but strike out and swing at bad pitches and we knew that but we brought them anyway. Michael Bourne is so far the best of the group that came to the Indians yet, he’s been nothing to write home about.
    We were to address our corners 3rd and 1st and we haven’t done it. Please don’t give me we are only 1&1/2 games out. If I was Detroit management some heads would roll. Some heads need to roll in the Indians upper management and I’m sure you know who they are! Dolan gives our management people money and what did they do, pissed it way.

    I don’t want to hear about Thome or Hafner coming back even if they played for nothing. As long as you have the stupid people that are in charge of bringing talent to this team you can forget the Indians going anywhere. I’m tried of watching managements blunders.

  • LaundroMat

    “We spent 54K for Swisher wasn’t that bargain”

    If that was all we spent on him, it would indeed be a bargain!

  • LaundroMat

    ” Stubbs & Reynolds who do nothing but strike out”

    Stubbs’ speed is actually quite valuable on this team, not just in terms of stolen bases, but in terms of moving over on ground balls, getting extra bases, and of course defensively in the outfield.

  • Steve

    I swear it was quite recent that people were crowing that Antonetti had one of the best offseasons in recent history. Sometimes you whip off a 15 of 20 stretch, sometimes you have a bad weekend in Minnesota.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    If not for those offseason moves this team wouldn’t be where it is and I’m including the hiring of Francona. I’m almost positive Francona came here letting the Indians know they needed to make some personnel changes. This offseason was hopefully the start. Clearly this team has alot of work as far as personnel goes left to do.

  • Steve

    The previous guy was much more obvious about his shouting for new players, but he didn’t get him. The reason they got new players is there were no competing offers for Swisher and Bourn. The reason they didn’t get Willingham and Beltran instead is that other teams did make offers, and free agents are notorious for passing on Cleveland when they have other options.