Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers.
The uppercut swing and the first-pitch pop-outs have soured many Texas Rangers fans on Ian Kinsler throughout his career.
Now that he's the Rangers leadoff hitter, those complaints are even more magnified.
But one thing's for sure, he's heated up over the weekend.
In his past four games, Kinsler is 6-for-16 with four home runs, a triple, eight RBIs and has scored six runs.
So yeah, Kinsler's average is .245 heading into today's game in Tampa, but look at the rest of his numbers. They're very becoming of a top-notch leadoff man.
He's scored 98 runs. His on-base percentage is .346. He has 25 home runs and 68 RBIs and has 23 stolen bases, meaning there's a good chance he'll have another 30 home run/30 stolen bases season.
And none of that accounts for his glove.
Kinsler laid out for a line shot off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury on Sunday for the third out, saving a run and a possible Boston rally.
So yeah, complain all you want about Kinsler's propensity to hack away at the first pitch, but then take a glance at the numbers other than batting average and get back with us.