Detroit Tigers: Week 8 Heroes and Zeroes
By Matt Pelc
May 16, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) hits for a RBI double during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports
#2 Zero: Ian Kinsler
The Great Ian Kinsler slump of 2015 shows no signs of letting up. The previous week was so bad for Kinsler that Detroit Tigers’ manager Brad Ausmus finally gave him his first day off of the year.
The day off did not help as Kinsler knocked just three hits in 22 at-bats last week and is still waiting on his first home run of the season.
The troubles did not stop at the plate. His usually potent defense took a step back with an error in the Angels’ series. He also was picked off first base, erasing a valuable base runner on Sunday.
Ian’s troubles have to be scary for the Tigers because of how poor his second half was a season ago. His second half swoon did not begin until after the All-Star Break in 2014, but it appears to be setting in earlier this year.
As we mentioned before, perhaps the Tigers should consider flip-flopping Kinsler and Jose Iglesias in the lineup. Iggy continues to hit which could lift the fortunes of the top of the lineup, while perhaps Kinsler might do better and may ease some pressure from the stress of hitting in front of Miguel Cabrera and needing to get on base for him.
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