Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers hits an RBI single to score Derek Holland #45 in the seventh inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Ian Kinsler has a lot of fans. He also has a lot of detractors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
His low batting average last season was a red flag for fans who thought he should not have been the Rangers' leadoff hitter, but as we've discussed ad nauseam here at Red Fever, a deeper look at the stats show he was one of the better leadoff hitters in baseball.
Last spring, Kinsler got hot at the plate and it carried over into the start of the season, and it seems he's on the same track this spring.
Kinsler hit his fourth home run of the spring on Monday night, leading a power-starved Rangers squad this spring in the homer category, and bumped his spring average up to .381 as he's also tied for the team lead with seven RBIs.
Yes, it's only spring, and the stats really mean nothing, but they can be a precursor for what's to come, and if that's the case with Kinsler the Rangers are in for a good start from the leaoff spot.