Figgins starting to feel it at the plate
Third baseman experiences offensive success in Arlington
ARLINGTON -- Already having produced six hits in two games, Chone Figgins was robbed of a seventh by second baseman Ian Kinsler on Saturday on a shot through the middle for the final out of a 5-3 loss, ending a long day of frustration for Figgins and the Angels.
Figgins has raised his batting average 29 points to .273 with his six-hit outburst. That two-game binge has come in a Rangers Ballpark in Arlington that has never been among his favorites.
"I feel like I'm kind of hitting uphill here," Figgins said. "There's something about the batter's box that makes me feel like I'm seeing the ball at a different angle, a different slant.
"The game is all about adjustments, and I've learned to adjust as best I can to this. I've been hitting the ball hard in this series, but I feel I've been consistent in hitting the ball hard two times a game. The other three times, I'm not being myself."
Figgins, with a walk to go with his six hits in nine at-bats in the first two games of this three-game series, has lifted his on-base percentage from .340 to .364.
A .290 career hitter with a .356 on-base percentage, Figgins feels he's just doing what he does.
"History shows it's got to come," Figgins said, referring to the hits. "It's there. It's like that with our whole team. We're a bunch of line-drive hitters, and a team that hits a lot of line drives is going to get a lot of hard outs."
Figgins' career numbers bear out his contention that Rangers Ballpark hasn't been his most comfortable arena. He's a .266 lifetime hitter in 199 at-bats in Arlington with a .352 on-base percentage.
With 15 steals in 17 attempts, Figgins is running third in the American League behind Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford (24) and Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury (16). Right behind Figgins is teammate Bobby Abreu, who is 13-for-13 in thefts.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.