ESPN Stats & Information dug into some of Ian Kinsler's numbers Thursday and noticed that his success against curveballs continued. Kinsler was 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, two RBIs and four runs scored. Some notes on his night:
* Two of Kinsler's three hits Thursday came on curveballs, a pitch he has had a lot of success against this season. Kinsler is hitting .438 in at-bats ending with a curveball, third-best in the majors among qualified hitters.
*That is a massive improvement from the last two seasons, as he hit .207 and .140 against curveballs in 2011 and 2010, respectively:
Ian Kinsler vs. curveballs the past three seasons:
2010-11: .178 average, .442 OPS, 13 percent miss percentage, 15 percent strikeout percentage
2012: .438 average, 1.095 OPS, eight percent miss percentage##, eight percent strikeout percentage
## League Average: 30 percent
Kinsler gives much of the credit to his recent turnaround at the plate after a tough July to the club's hitting coach. Kinsler was asked why he looks more comfortable in the box.
"The only thing I can say is Scott Coolbaugh," Kinsler said. "He's had me in the cages the last couple of days, really the last week and a half, busting my tail trying to figure out what I need to do, what adjustments I need to make. He studied, I don't even know how many hours of film. He found some pinpoint things for me and it's really helped."