Rollotommasi wrote:no injury, no slump
the hot streak focked his swing
LD is down to 14%, FB is up to 55%
basically he's trying to hit HRs in every at-bat instead of hitting for average
I disagree. If that were the case, I think we'd see a lot more K's from Kinsler... he only has 38 K's in 250 AB (and only 10 K's in 111 AB in May when he batted .243 for the month).
The problem is he's only seeing 45% strikes, which is down from 53% in 2008. Partly because he's expanded his zone slightly, now swinging at 26% of pitches outside the strike zone as opposed to 23% in 2008. But the biggest reason that Kinsler isn't getting pitches to hit is the lineup around him.
The Rangers are terrible at getting on base, .321 team OBP. And only the Indians strikeout more often. That's a scary recipe for unproductive plate appearances. Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis, and Hank Blalock are the big culprits. It was Milton Bradley's .436 OBP that made a world a difference last year. With all the outs behind Kinsler, it's no wonder he's not getting strikes.
While Kinsler needs to be a little more selective at the plate, he's unlikely to see more strikes until Cruz, Davis, and Blalock cut down their O-Swing% and/or improve their Contact rates. Given that all 3 are free-swingers who try to hit the ball out of the park, it seems unlikely that they're all of a sudden going to make the necessary improvements (or are even capable of doing so). So Michael Young needs to snap out of his June slump and Josh Hamilton needs to get back sooner than later.Here's one positive:
Kinsler's Infield Hit% of 0% indicates that his .260 batting average is abnormally low. Despite hitting 32% groundballs (same as 2008), he's yet to leg out an infield hit this year. His batting average would .275 if his Infield Hit% was at his career average of 5%. And for a guy with his speed, his Infield Hit% should really be closer to 10%.