Ian Kinsler 2B DET 2 weeks ago

Kinsler went 3-for-4 in a loss to Minnesota on Sunday. He accounted for half of Detroit's hits on the day.

We'll bet he wishes he could play the Twins far more often, as he went 8-for-17 with three doubles and a homer in the four-game series.

Ian Kinsler 2B DET 3 weeks ago

Kinsler homered, doubled and knocked in three runs Thursday to lift the Tigers to a 4-2 win over the Twins. It was his third home run of the season.

The homer led off the game; the double broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning. We're not sure how long the lead-off experiment will last, but he was certainly the straw that stirred the Tigers' drink on Thursday night.

Ian Kinsler 2B DET 3 weeks ago

Kinsler is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Kinsler's absence looks to be scheduled, as there's nothing indicating otherwise. Andrew Romine will start at second base in his place and bat eighth for the Tigers.

Ian Kinsler 2B DET 3 weeks ago

Kinsler went 3-for-4 Saturday with a run scored and two RBI.

It's his third multi-hit game in his last five starts, as Kinsler has pushed his slash line on the season up to .270/.339/.356. Without a big second half however, he's still headed for the lowest power production of his career.

Ian Kinsler 2B DET 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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.