ARLINGTON -- Ian Kinsler has experienced a strange season so far. He has done everything manager Ron Washington could want from his leadoff man, except hit for a high average.
"This year he didn't hit for an average," Washington said. "He's scoring runs, he's got more walks than strikeouts, he's stealing bags, he's punching the ball out of the ballpark from the leadoff spot, which is good, he's playing tremendous defense, the only thing missing is his average. There will be some years where that just doesn't come together."
Part of the reason could be that Kinsler has been rather unlucky. He is batting just .238 on balls hit in play, the fifth-lowest average in baseball among all batters with 350 or more at-bats. It is also the lowest figure of his career, lower than his 2009 average, .241.
"It's just one of those things," Washington said. "He's been good, but not Kinsler good."