Detroit Tigers: Week 1 Winners and Losers

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Apr 9, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) and first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) celebrate after scoring in the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) and first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) celebrate after scoring in the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 8, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) hits a double in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Winner: Ian Kinsler

Though in a small sample size, Ian Kinsler is justifiably on fire to start the season.

In 20 plate appearances, the second baseman is hitting .421 with five RBI, five runs scored, a double and a home run. In other words, the leadoff spot in the batting order seems to be suiting Kinsler just fine,

The four-time All Star has been excellent as the offensive catalyst atop manager Brad Ausmus’ batting order. What’s more, Kinsler has also been his usual outstanding self in the field. The second baseman is already second on the team in assists and has turned two double plays. He also has yet to commit an error. Given his reputation as an elite defender, it may be some time before we see the former Texas Ranger make a miscue in the field.

Kinsler got off to an excellent start on Opening Day, scoring two runs while tallying three hits and four RBI. The 33-year-old’s excellent day at the plate also included Detroit’s first home run of the season, a towering, two-run shot off Wei-Yin Chen.

In seasons past, the second baseman has gotten off to strong starts in the early parts of the season, and 2016 has been no different. If last season taught us anything, it is that Kinsler can sustain a high level of play throughout an entire season. This season should be more of the same in terms of sustainable hitting.

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