ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers hits a sacrifice fly to score Michael Young #10 in the seventh inning of Game Six of the ALCS against the New York Yankees during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ian Kinsler
Prior to Monday's loss to Detroit, Ian Kinsler was mired in a 4-for-34 slump at the plate and went 1-for-21 on the Rangers' 7-game road trip, and people were loudly wondering why he's still hitting in the top of the Rangers lineup.
Kinsler fully acknowledged that he had to turn things around and on Monday night the beginning of that process started.
Kinsler went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run and two RBIs with a triple and a double in what was one of the few bright spots along with the continued power surge from Nelson Cruz in an otherwise depressing Rangers effort after a 6-1 road trip.
Kinsler has all the physical tools to be a great leadoff man with the ability to hit in the gaps with power and the speed to steal a good number of bases, which he showed a few seasons back when he joined the 30-30 club by eclipsing 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a season.
Right now, he's hitting .230, which is a number far from becoming of a big league leadoff man and that has to get better or Ron Washington might start facing some heat from above to move Kinsler in the lineup even though Wash is the ultimate players' manager and likes to let guys work themselves out of slumps.
We can hope that started with Kinsler on Monday night.