There was a minute there when Mark Reynolds really had us fooled. Not only was he approaching the plate while “Cruise” blared through the speakers at Progressive Field, he was also channeling that beautiful energy into an eye-popping April line: .301/.368/.651 with 8 HR, 22 RBI. He wasn’t just smashing tape-measure home runs, he was also sending 2-strike, 2-out pitches the other way for RBI singles.  Reynolds, who currently averages 212 strikeouts per 162 games, was on pace for merely 149 strikeouts through the first month of the season. There was talk amongst the Indians’ faithful about whether Mark Reynolds — he of the perpetual 200+ strikeout seasons — was a changed hitter, a changed man. Was signing Reynolds for 6 million dollars the steal of the offseason?

In mid-May is when it all came crashing down to earth, and I’m not talking about the ball that Reynolds blasted off of Jarrod Parker, but the unfortunate reality that is Mark Reynolds. The strikeouts piled up, the clutch hits stopped coming, and we were reminded that Reynolds just might be the biggest clown-show to ever appear at third base.  Reynolds is so bad at playing third base, that the Indians have recently called up Lonnie “Last Chance” Chisenhall to stop the bleeding.

Here is where we might pose the question: which is the real Reynolds? The one we saw in April, or the one we’ve seen since? But that question would have to be followed by laughter, because, alas, Mark Reynolds is generally going to do one of three things when he walks to the plate: walk, hit the ball 500 feet, or strike out. In 3,713 plate appearances, Mark Reynolds has struck out 32.5% of the time. In 2013, that rate is 31%. He has struck out, homered, or walked 49.39% of the time over the span of his seven year career. In 2013, that percentage is 45.55. He has exactly 41 hits this year that are not home runs, accounting for 15% of his plate appearances. This percentage, is, of course, identical to his career stats. In other words, Marky-Mark has met the fate of every hitter who goes on a tear that his career numbers suggest is not sustainable: regression.

Terry Francona has insisted that Reynolds is a streaky player, and we just have to wait for him to get hot again. History would disagree: go back and look at Reynolds’ game log. This April is either the best, or one of the best months he has had in his career. Yes, he has had some bad months, like this May, but when Francona calls Reynolds “streaky” it would seem to imply that he could have another month like he did in April. More likely, Mark Reynolds will continue to have the months that Mark Reynolds usually has, complete with strikeouts, home runs, and walks.

Tribe fans can only hope that the home runs come at the right times, and that Reynolds changes his walk-up music back to “Cruise”.