The Stat Line Of The Night — 5/16/11 — Matt LaPorta
We could probably award this Stat Line of the Night to the entire Cleveland Indians line-up, seeing as how they accumulated a total of 19 runs and 20 hits, including an incredible fourth inning that saw them record ten runs against the Kansas City Royals last night. However, the Stat Line has always been about individuals and their impressive statistical performances, and no Indian was more impressive than first baseman Matt LaPorta.
In five at bats on the night, LaPorta reached base on each, hitting two singles and two doubles, in addition to one walk. He would also record four RBIs, which tied him with center fielder Michael Brantley for most on the team. The Indians didn’t need much on this night, but they would get plenty from LaPorta and the rest of the Tribe batters, en route to the 19-1 victory.
The Indians have been a great story thus far this season, as they currently own the best record in the Majors at 25-13. Their offense currently ranks third in the league in runs scored with 200, and their pitching and defense has been equally impressive with a team ERA of 3.42, good enough for eighth in the league. They have been getting production from everyone in their line-up, and last night it was Matt LaPorta who stood out above the rest. As a result, he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, May 16, 2011.