Numbers: Ian Kinsler hitting curves better

August, 3, 2012
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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."
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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