CHICAGO -- Jason Kipnis has nothing against Cleveland. There is just something about playing on the road that does wonders for the Indians' second baseman's bat and he is not exactly sure how to explain it.
"It's just one of those things that just happens," Kipnis said.
Heading into Sunday's game against the White Sox, Kipnis had drastically different offensive splits for road games compared to home games. His latest tear with the bat back in his old stomping grounds has skewed the statistics even further.
Over the past two games, Kipnis has gone 4-for-7 with two home runs, two stolen bases and four RBIs. That improved his career showing at U.S. Cellular Field -- he is a native of nearby Northbrook, Ill. -- to 12-for-25 (.480) with five extra-base hits and nine RBIs through seven games. Talk about sweet home Chicago.
Kipnis' road record goes beyond Cook County, though. On the season, the second baseman has hit .363 (29-for-80) with six homers and 20 RBIs on the road compared to .202 (21-for-104) with two homers and eight RBIs at home. For his career, Kipnis has hit .325 (49-for-151) with 10 homers and 30 RBIs on the road and .225 (38-for-169) with five homers and 17 RBIs at home.
"I don't know what it is," Kipnis said. "I like playing on the road. I really do. I don't know. You like playing in front of the opposing crowd. You almost feel like there's a different mindset. You almost want to hear the boo. If you get booed on the road, that's a good thing. I've been fortunate to have good games here in Chicago.
"But I honestly don't know what it is, because I've noticed that, too. My splits at home are terrible. I try not to switch my routine up too much whether we're at home or not. I don't do too many things different. It's just one of those things that's turned out that way so far."