Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler Closing in On New Career-High in Hits

By Brad Faber
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Recently, there has been some talk about how Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler has been having a rather poor second half after putting together a stellar first half that landed him a spot on the AL All-Star team. The 32-year-old Kinsler has started to pick it up again, however, going 5-for-15 with a double, a homer and six RBIs in his last three games. He is also on track to establish a new career-high in hits.

Kinsler comes into play on Sunday with 159 base hits, just nine shy of his career-high of 168, which he established with the Texas Rangers back in 2012. Kinsler will need a big September to get to 200 hits, a feat he looked destined to accomplish a couple of months ago, but it does appear to look very, very likely that he will be setting a new career-high in hits this year nevertheless.

It could be argued that Kinsler, who three years ago became just the 12th player to have multiple 30-30 seasons, may actually be having one of his finer seasons across the board in 2014. Not only is he on track to set a new career-high in hits, but his current .280 batting average is seven points higher than his career-mark of .273, and with 75 RBIs, he has a real chance to set a new career-high in that department as well. He is also on pace to hit 40 doubles for the third time in his career, and he has stolen 15 bags and leads the league with 568 at-bats. He has also played great defense at second base, committing just six errors all season.

It should be noted that Kinsler is, however, currently sporting only a .313 on-base percentage and a .732 OPS, which would both be career-lows for him if the season were to end today. He can remedy that with a strong finish, though.

Kinsler has truly been a gamer for Detroit this season, and even though he has stubbed his toe a little bit in the second half, it should be safe to say that he has given the Tigers everything they could have hoped for after they acquired him in exchange for Prince Fielder last November.

Brad Faber is a Detroit Tigers writer for Follow him on Twitter @Brad_Faber, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on LinkedIn or Google.

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