Jason Kipnis has now put together two consecutive solid fantasy seasons, albeit of different flavors. In 2015, he hit for a very high average and hit at the top of the lineup, setting the table for the bigger bats. Last season, he became one of those bigger bats, sacrificing some contact for power and driving the ball more in the air versus into the ground. He set a career high in home runs and runs and nearly did so in RBI. The days of 20-plus steals appear to a thing of the past, and the tradeoff is that he is now a more well-rounded categorical player. He is a tough player to forecast because he has a rather large statistical variance in most categories over the past five seasons. This makes for tricky roster planning, but Kipnis has returned profit in four of the past five seasons, so his owners are rarely left disappointed, regardless of how unpredictable the production is. However, it does appear there will be more power than speed moving forward from the former Sun Devil.
Kipnis (ankle) went 0-for-5 in Game 1 of the World Series. He is dealing with a significant ankle sprain that would likely sideline him for at least a few games if this were the regular season. The Indians will presumably continue to roll with Kipnis, who will be heavily medicated, but it would not be surprising if his performance is not up to par due to the injury.
Kipnis injured his left ankle in celebration of winning the ALCS over the Blue Jays, but its not considered serious, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. It was reported that he's not at 100 percent yet, but it's a good sign that Kipnis' injury isn't considered serious. There will likely be more updates on his status closer to Game 1 on Tuesday.
Kipnis is out of Thursday's lineup against the Tigers, the Akron Beacon Journal's Ryan Lewis reports. There is a solid chance that Thursday's game will get rained out, in which case the two teams may need to make the game up Monday. If they are somehow able to squeeze the game in, Michael Martinez will start at second base for the Indians and hit ninth Thursday.
Kipnis is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers. This is the game after the Indians clinched the division, so most of the regulars are getting the day off. Michael Martinez will start at second base and hit second Tuesday.
Kipnis went 2-for-4 with an RBI ground rule double, walk and run in Friday's 11-4 victory over the Tigers. The second baseman came home twice on Mike Napoli hits and also contributed an RBI ground rule double of his own in the eighth inning, extending the lead to 10-4 at the time. Kipnis' .226/.379/.377 line in September is rather uninspiring, but he has hit safely in three of his last four games.