Ian Kinsler 2B DET 1 week ago

Kinsler went just 1-for-6 on Thursday against the White Sox, but hit his second home run of the year.

It's nice to see Kinsler bop a now-rare long ball, as his offensive game has been in a serious slump lately. He's sitting on the worst OPS of his career, thanks in no small part to a recent stretch during which his strikeouts have spiked suddenly -- 13 in his last 10 games after just 32 in the first 62. Accordingly, he's collected just five hits in his last 38 at-bats.

Ian Kinsler 2B DET 4 weeks ago

Kinsler went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Tuesday's victory over the Cubs. He has now hit successfully in five straight contests.

It's been a good week for the second baseman who is back in the two hole in the lineup. He has brought his average back up to .276 with a 9-for-21 stretch.

Ian Kinsler 2B DET 1 month ago

Kinsler is batting fifth in Tuesday's lineup against Kendall Graveman and the A's.

The struggling Tigers will shake things up a bit, moving a hot Jose Iglesias up to second in the order. As far as lineup demotions go, this isn't a bad one, as Kinsler will slot behind Miguel Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes, one spot ahead of J.D. Martinez. Tuesday marks the first time all season Kinsler hasn't batted either first or second in the order.

Ian Kinsler 2B DET 1 month ago

Kinsler finally hit his first homer of the year Saturday against the Angels, with the solo shot representing his only hit in five at-bats.

It took the Tigers' second baseman -- usually a lock for double-digit homers -- 50 games to finally put one over the fence. He was at least hitting for average for a time, but since May 19, he's gone just 4-for-42 (.095), lowering his average from .318 to its current .270. Expect Kinsler to bounce back, but he's far from an elite producer in the middle infield at this point.

Ian Kinsler 2B DET 1 month ago

Kinsler is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the A's.

Kinsler does not sit out much, but he racked up just three total hits over his last eight games, so manager Brad Ausmus decided it was time for a day off. Hernan Perez will fill in at second base in Kinsler's place.

Ian Kinsler 2B DET 1 month ago

Kinsler is 0-for-16 and hitless in his last 17 plate appearances. He did get a walk Sunday against the Astros, but he also hit into a double play, struck out twice and grounded out.

His plate discipline is still good overall, but his power -- especially his ISO -- has taken a complete nose dive this season (.85 ISO in 2015 compared to .145 in 2014 and .179 over his career). He hasn't popped a ball over the outfield wall yet this season. And we're a little concerned about his .336 BABIP -- it's currently 49 points higher than his career average. Regression to the mean tells us that batting average (.288) might come back down to earth, so there may be more to this slump than meets the eye. He should still have plenty in the tank at 32, but he's stuck in a rut that could put him on the bench in many formats.

Ian Kinsler 2B DET 2 months ago

Kinsler continued his hot bat Saturday with a 3-for-5 game against the Cardinals. He smacked a double and two singles, and drove in a run.

He also snagged a stolen base to give him three on the season. His slash line of .311/.377/.405 is serving fantasy owners well, but we're all still waiting on that first homer of the season. He's still getting doubles at about his career rate, but the home run drought now stands at 37 games and 148 AB. That's more than just a drought. Temper your expectations if you're counting on him for power.

Ian Kinsler 2B DET 2 months ago

Kinsler went 4-for-4, including a double, and drove in two runs in Friday's 6-5 win over the Royals.

He still doesn't have a home run this season, but he does have a solid slash line of .316/.391/.393. He's reaping the benefits of hitting atop a potent Tigers' lineup. Take advantage.

Ian Kinsler 2B DET 2 months ago

Kinsler went 2-for-4 Saturday with a double, a run scored, an RBI and a steal.

He's still looking for his first home run, but Kinsler's slash line of .296/.354/.380 is solid and he has nine RBI and 13 runs scored through 18 games.

Ian Kinsler 2B DET 3 months ago

Kinsler swatted two singles Monday in a win over Minnesota. He also struck out, grounded into a double play and left two men on.

He's not the hitter he once was, but even a very good Kinsler is a great fantasy asset working out of the two hole in such a potent lineup.