SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 10: Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers hits a bases loaded double driving in two runs in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on June 10, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
It's been talked about plenty over the past couple of days. That awful stretch the Texas Rangers' lineup was in the midst of in July has seemingly come to a screeching halt. After barely topping 80 runs in July, the Rangers have now scored 26 in two August games, and against their fiercest rivals, no less.
So it's no coincidence that Ian Kinsler has had a couple of huge nights from the leadoff spot after struggling in July — like everyone else on the Rangers' squad.
Kinsler hit .244 in July with three doubles and two home runs.
In two games in August, Kinsler is 6-for-11 with a double, two home runs and six runs scored, only four less than his July total.
"I definitely notice," Kinsler said after the game when asked about his production equating team success. "I try to get things going the best I can. The last couple of games, we've been scoring a lot of runs early and it's given ourselves a chance to run and get things going. It's been nice."
Kinsler now has his season batting average up to .276, one point above his career average of .275. He has 13 home runs and has driven in 51 while scoring 76 runs with 30 doubles. He's stolen 19 bases.
It's nice to see Kinsler getting going again like he was early in the season, and if the trend continues the Rangers will be in for more games like they've had the past two nights, hopefully with some better starting pitching performances.