Monday, September 21, 2009
One Homer and One Steal Away, a Kinsler Update
On Saturday night the Rangers beat the Angels 3-2. Ian Kinsler went 1-3 with a stolen base-his 29th of the year. It was his first steal since 8/29 and he has not hit a home run since September 1st. Either way, he is just one homer and one steal away from joining Alfonso Soriano as the only Rangers to join the 30-30 club. The Rangers have 14 games left ( I think) to play, which should give Kinsler about 70 chances to hit that historic home run. He will probably find himself on base at least 15-20 more times this year giving him that many shots to steal that 30th base. For now, he is just a member of the 20-20 club, a group that just got a little less exclusive on Saturday night as his teammate Nelson Cruz, who has hit 32 homers this year, stole his 20th base. Rookie Elvis Andrus stole his 26th base that night, too. Borbon will likely hit 20 steals before the season is done. When was the last time the Rangers had 4 guys with 20 steals? 2005 was the last time they had a guy go 30-30, but I don't think it will be the last. Good luck Ian!