Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis followed up a disappointing, injury wrecked 2014 season by hitting just .218 with a .551 OPS in April, leading Cleveland fans to wonder where the dynamic young player who made the All-Star team during a 2013 breakout season had gone.
And then Kipnis had an incredible May.
He hit .429 with 22 extra-base hits and 16 walks in 29 games, which was good for a .511 on-base percentage and .706 slugging percentage.
He scored 30 runs in 29 games, notched multiple hits in 16 of 29 games, racked up 81 total bases in 119 at-bats, got on base in 73 of 147 trips to the plate, and raised his OPS on the season from .551 on May 1 to .940 OPS on June 1.
Here’s a list of every player in baseball history with 50 or more hits and 30 or more runs scored in May:
Jason Kipnis 2015 Al Simmons 1925 Ty Cobb 1921
That’s it. That’s the entire list. Jason Kipnis and two Hall of Famers from the 1920s.