If he really did this, and isn’t just blowing smoke, then the Rangers need to bench Kinsler the rest of the season and let Profar play 2B.
After hitting a go-ahead double in the top of the 10th off reliever Kyle Farnsworth, Profar said he had acted scared on a down-and-in “welcome to the big leagues” pitch that led off his at-bat.
Profar responded by dodging the first pitch and falling to the ground for a few seconds before taking a long walk out of the batter’s box, apparently to show that he had been shaken. Whether or not Farnsworth interpreted those cues as an invitation to throw inside again is unknown. But he threw his second pitch to the same area and Profar responded by taking it down the line for a RBI double that scored Geovany Soto from second.
I am so done with Kinsler’s lack of hustle, his strikeouts, his laziness in the infield, and his piss-poor attitude. If 19 year-old Profar is already making mental calls like this article describes, he’s leaps and bounds ahead of Kinsler in the thinking game. Here’s what Kinsler has done for the Rangers recently:
He leads the league in getting picked-off. He leads AL second basemen in errors. In September, he’s 6 for 33, with a nice 3 strikeout performance on Saturday night, which also included a key error that allowed the Rays to take the game to extra innings.
He signed a big new contract in the offseason and I guess he thinks that gives him the go ahead to just hit a pop-up, drop his head and jog to first base every other at-bat.