CLEVELAND -- Mark Reynolds came to Cleveland to drive in runs and he has been given plenty of opportunities to do precisely that early on this season.
Entering Sunday's game against the White Sox, Reynolds led the Indians in at-bats with runners on base (20) and with runners in scoring position (15). Told of that fact Sunday morning, the Indians' primary designated hitter chuckled.
"I better be leading the team in RBIs then," Reynolds replied.
Reynolds is indeed pacing the Tribe in RBIs with 13, including 10 that have come with runners in scoring position. He has launched two of his team-leading five home runs with RISP and has posted a .961 on-base plus slugging percentage under that scenario.
Whether he has hit fifth or seventh in the order, Reynolds has regularly stepped into the batter's box with teammates already on base.
"It's been fun," said Reynolds, who signed a one-year contract with Cleveland this past offseason. "Every time I'm at the plate, I have somebody on base -- it seems like that. I've just got to keep doing my job and driving those guys in."
Heading into Sunday's action, Reynolds was hitting .257 with a .743 slugging percentage, which was the third-highest mark in the American League. His five home runs (Cleveland did not have a player reach that mark until May 6 last season) ranked second in the AL and his 13 RBIs were the third most in the league.
It has been a satisfying start for Reynolds.
"I couldn't imagine a better one," he said. "A home run a game maybe would be better. I'm just happy with my pitch selection and I'm happy with how I've been putting the ball in play more consistently. I just want to ride it out as long as it lasts."