KANSAS CITY -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler entered Tuesday's game hitting .198 in his last 25 games. That has dropped his average from .281 to .265. His on-base as a leadoff hitter is .334, which ranks 11th at the spot in the American League.
But he also went into Tuesday's game with 91 runs scored and manager Ron Washington said that's what matters most with a leadoff hitter.
"I see leadoff hitters with high on-base percentages that aren't scoring runs," Washington said. "He's still crossing the dish. He's got the ability to drive in runs and hit home runs but the main thing is he's crossing the plate. His home runs may be down and his RBI may be down, but he's still closing in on a 100-run season. I'm not complaining about our leadoff guy."
Angels outfielder Mike Trout leads the American League with 108 runs scored. Kinsler is second with 91 and next comes teammate Josh Hamilton with 89.