Getting hit with any kind of pitch hurts, especially in the major leagues.
When pitches traveling 90-plus are thrown high and tight to hitters, it can get downright scary. However, what happened to Ian Kinsler Thursday night proves batters must have their heads on a swivel no matter where a pitched is headed.
Seriously, how much more bad luck can a person have right there? The pitch is low and outside, bounces on its way to the catcher and it still catches him in the face. to make it even worse, the ball hits him on the side where the ear flap of his helmet isn’t protecting him. Of course it does.
I know this is in slow motion here, but doesn’t Kinsler’s reaction to getting hit look a little delayed?
This image is representative of what’s been happening to the Detroit Tigers over the last three weeks. They bolstered their starting rotation before the non-waiver trade deadline by acquiring David Price, but that hasn’t helped them hold off the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central. at 65-57, they’re 0.5 games back of KC and are barely holding a 0.5 game lead for the final AL Wild Card spot.
Outside of getting hit in the face here, Kinsler has had a good first season in Detroit, making his fantasy baseball owners happy. The second baseman is hitting .287/.319/.426 with 11 home runs, 63 RBI, 32 doubles, 72 runs scored and 12 stolen bases.