Ian Kinsler 2B DET 2 days 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 7 days 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 week 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 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 1 month 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 2 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.

Ian Kinsler 2B DET 2 months ago

Kinsler will bat second in the Tigers' Opening Day lineup against the Twins on Monday.

He's only three-for-20 career against Twins' starter Phil Hughes, so daily leaguers should weigh their options carefully. However, weekly owners need only know that number three and four hitters, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, are healthy and ready to start the season. So, runs well be plentiful if Kinsler can get on base.

Ian Kinsler 2B DET 3 months ago

Kinsler (shoulder) returned to the lineup Tuesday and hit a solo home run against the Nationals.

Kinsler had one hit on three at-bats Tuesday after being out since Friday due to shoulder soreness. He batted .275 last season with 17 home runs, 15 steals, 92 RBI, and 100 runs over 684 at-bats. Kinsler is expected to bat leadoff against right-handers and bat second against left-handers.

Ian Kinsler 2B DET 3 months ago

Kinsler (shoulder) is expected to return to action Tuesday, James Schmehl of MLive Media Group reports.

Kinsler's shoulder soreness will hold him out of Monday's spring contest, awarding him an extra day to rest the ailment. It isn't considered serious, however, as the infielder should be ready to take on a regular workload come Tuesday.