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Bless You Boys Jun 29, 2015

Why is Ian Kinsler struggling offensively?

After a start to 2015 where Ian Kinsler sprayed the ball to all fields, he has pulled the ball more in the past month. The result coincides with a sharp decline in hitting effectiveness. On May 17, while the Detroit Tigers were on their way to a 2-1 loss in St. Louis, Ian Kinsler tallied two hits and a walk. One hit was of the infield variety, while the other was a knock to right center. At this point, Kinsler was hitting .318/.386/.411, a solid on-base presence at the top of the order. A month and a half later, Kinsler's batting line has sagged all the way to .261/.334/.347, giving him a...
Bless You Boys Jun 26, 2015

Missed challenge in 2nd by the Tigers shouldn't have happened

A missed tag on a stolen base could have had larger implications in another situation. DETROIT -- White Sox batter Avisail Garcia singled to start the second inning and stole second base. Called safe by the second base umpire, the game continued as if nothing unusual had happened. Only one player noticed something was wrong. Ian Kinsler saw Garcia come off the bag when he stood up. While the missed opportunity to challenge the call didn't change the outcome of the game, it was an avoidable situation, one that Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said shouldn't have happened. "We found out...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 26, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler after missed replay opportunity: 'I was doing jumping jacks'

Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler after missed replay opportunity: 'I was doing jumping jacks'

No one on the bench saw that Avisail Garcia had left the bag. Jose Iglesias didnt see it, so he didnt signal to the bench. Kinsler did. DETROIT -- Ian Kinsler did what he could. But no one on the Detroit Tigers bench saw him give the signal that they should challenge the call. The Tigers missed an opportunity to challenge a call at second base Friday night in the second inning of what turned out to be a 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Anibal Sanchez is not especially quick to the plate. Bryan Holaday has not thrown out many runners attempting to steal...
Bless You Boys Jun 23, 2015

Watch Miguel Cabrera make a young fan's night

While Miguel Cabrera has already overtaken Eric Hosmer in the All-Star game voting, it never hurts to keep up good public relations. Miguel Cabrera is a fan favorite for many reasons. First and foremost, he's the best hitter in the game. But few guys have more fun on the field, or enjoy interacting with the fans more. After this young Indians' fan snared a groundball with his hat, he screamed to Miguel that "he had his back" and then proceeded to posture hilariously as Ian Kinsler and Cabrera looked on in amusement and acknowledged his fine defensive effort. Miguel showed his appreciation,...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 22, 2015
Rule regarding 'neighborhood play' prevents Detroit Tigers from challenge, costs them runner

Rule regarding 'neighborhood play' prevents Detroit Tigers from challenge, costs them runner

Second baseman Jason Kipnis did not step on the bag on a force play at second base in the second inning, but Jose Iglesias was ruled out anyway. CLEVELAND -- Whether an infielder touches second base while trying to turn a double play -- often referred to as "the neighborhood play" -- is not reviewable under baseball's instant replay rules. An interesting wrinkle to the rule cost the Detroit Tigers a base runner Monday night. The Tigers had runners on first and third with one out in the second inning when Ian Kinsler hit a broken-bat slow roller to Cleveland...
Bless You Boys Jun 14, 2015

Tigers 8, Indians 1: Offense comes alive in rain-soaked series finale

Alfredo Simon dominated, it rained, Miggy and J.D. homer in Tiger's victory. The Tigers salvaged the series by winning in a blowout 8-1. The Tigers have won 7 of 9 games against the Indians so far this season and are now 3 games over .500 at 33-30. Corey Kluber started out shaky, allowing a walk and a stolen base to Anthony Gose and an RBI single to Ian Kinsler in the first inning. Then Miguel Cabrera hit a rocket in leftfield but Michael Brantley made an impressive catch, one of the few times the Indians were able to keep Miggy off the bases in this series. The inning ended with a strike...
Bless You Boys Jun 11, 2015

MLB draft 2015: Tigers stick to similar script on day 3 of draft

The Tigers rounded out the 2015 MLB draft with several more college players, including a few with local ties. The third and final day of the MLB draft is usually little more than a formality. Jokingly referred to as "Area Scout Day," day three of the draft provides little of the fanfare that the first night holds. Even prospect evaluators have trouble finding much information on the players selected. Players drafted this low don't often have long major league careers (if they even make it to The Show), though the occasional Ian Kinsler (17th round) or Rajai Davis (38th round) slips through...

Game 2015:60: Cubs at Tigers

The Tigers continue to roll; 3 and counting. Also 3 and counting for Ian Kinsler multiple hit games. Coincidence? I think not.  I think we can safely saw The Slump is over. You wouldn’t necessarily think it in a 6-0 game, but the Rajai Davis catch was a game-changing moment. Baseball is like that. How […]
Grand Rapids Press Jun 6, 2015
Watch Detroit Tigers' Jose Iglesias make impressive play to start double play in first inning

Watch Detroit Tigers' Jose Iglesias make impressive play to start double play in first inning

Iglesias made a hard play look easy when he gloved a ball that was headed up the middle off the bat of Jose Abreu. Your browser does not support iframes.CHICAGO -- It might have been a bit flashier than it needed to be. That's not a huge surprise. Jose Iglesias was involved. But it was impressive nonetheless. Iglesias made a hard play look easy when he gloved a ball that was headed up the middle off the bat of Jose Abreu in the first inning Saturday night, then added some style with a backhanded flip to Ian Kinsler to start a 6-4-3 double play. The play...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 6, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Ian Kinsler has solid numbers vs. John Danks; Josh Wilson gets another start

Detroit Tigers lineup: Ian Kinsler has solid numbers vs. John Danks; Josh Wilson gets another start

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is going with the same lineup against Danks as he used Friday night against left-hander Jose Quintana. CHICAGO -- If Ian Kinsler is going to break out of his slump, now would be an opportune time to do so. Kinsler is 6 for 50 (.120) with two RBIs and four runs scored in his past 13 games for the Detroit Tigers, but he has had plenty of success in the past against Chicago White Sox left-hander John Danks. Kinsler is hitting .341 (14 for 41) with four doubles, four home runs and five RBIs in his career against Danks, who starts tonight...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 5, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis back with team, leading off; Brad Ausmus shuffles up lineup again

Detroit Tigers lineup: Rajai Davis back with team, leading off; Brad Ausmus shuffles up lineup again

Ian Kinsler, who is in a 5-for-53 funk, is back in the second spot in the lineup, while Jose Iglesias will bat ninth. CHICAGO -- Rajai Davis is back from the paternity list. And he's back atop the Detroit Tigers lineup. Davis will lead off and start in center field for the Tigers tonight as they open a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus shuffled things up a bit today. Ian Kinsler, who is in a 5-for-53 funk, is back in the second spot in the lineup, while Jose Iglesias is back in the ninth spot. Josh Wilson is starting...
Bless You Boys Jun 3, 2015

Ian Kinsler's 7th inning miscue the latest in an ongoing defensive and offensive slump

Kinsler's mistakes aren't just a fluke anymore, they're becoming a trend. DETROIT -- Ian Kinsler is struggling in every sense of the word. Both with the bat and the glove. Reaction plays are becoming mistakes, at-bats have resulted in quick outs. Take out the Anaheim home run by Kinsler, his first in 222 plate appearances, and you're left with a player representative of someone whose mind seems to be anywhere but in the game. And it's surprisingly uncharacteristic. Tuesday night in the seventh inning, three mistakes kept the inning going, an inning that should have ended well before the...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 2, 2015
Brad Ausmus shakes up struggling Detroit Tigers starting lineup: 'Things weren't working'

Brad Ausmus shakes up struggling Detroit Tigers starting lineup: 'Things weren't working'

The Tigers are second in the American League in batting average and OPS, but they are just ninth in runs scored. They have been hurt by a league-leading 54 double plays and their strikeouts are ahead of pace from the previous four seasons. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers shook up the roster a bit Tuesday afternoon. Then Brad Ausmus shook up the starting lineup. Ausmus moved second baseman Ian Kinsler from second to fifth in the starting lineup and slotted shortstop Jose Iglesias into the second spot for the team's series opener against the Oakland Athletics. Those...

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