Playoff position breakdown: 2B
Today's position: Second base.
Sometimes you don't know how valuable someone is until he is out of the lineup. The Rangers certainly found that out this season, as Kinsler was on the DL to start 2010 for the fifth time in as many seasons. He missed nearly the first month of 2010 with a high ankle sprain and then missed more than a month with a groin strain.
And the numbers certainly show he has a positive impact on the team:
When he starts: 59-39, .286 batting average
When he doesn’t start: 29-31, .259 batting average
Kinsler gives the Rangers a speed baserunner and someone with pop in the lineup. He's also improved each season on defense and is an important leader. The Rangers need him to have an impact for this offense to put something together in the playoffs.
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Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.