Ian Kinsler has a new baby and a new hitting coach.
The Rangers are hoping those two events will lead to a better performance on the road for their leadoff hitter and second baseman, who returned to the lineup Saturday for the first time since Tuesday after taking paternity leave. He was 1-for-4 in the Rangers' 8-1 loss to Minnesota.
The hit, in his final at-bat, raised his road average to .127 and broke an 0-for-21 stretch on the road. He is a .333 hitter at home.
While Kinsler is happy to be working with newly hired Scott Coolbaugh, he said the responsibility for changing the results lies with him, not the coach.
"We definitely have a relationship," Kinsler said. "But there's nothing a hitting coach can do to change what happens at home vs. what happens on the road. That's up to me. He's not here to baby us. He's here to point things out that I'm not doing or that I can't see myself. The rest is all up to me."
Kinsler returned to the top of the batting order, which is where the Rangers would like to keep him. The potential for Kinsler getting on base combined with No. 2 hitter Elvis Andrus' ability to move runners sets up early run-scoring opportunities, with Josh Hamilton , Michael Young and Adrian Beltre to follow.
Ian Kinsler marks return from paternity leave with hit
Dallas Morning News | Jun 12