Chooing. 73 comments

Shin-Too Choo’s squabbler was too hard for the Padres infield to handle, leading to a single that scored the go-ahead run.


For a team to get hot, one guy in the lineup needs to ignite it.  Shin-Soo Choo has been the blasting cap for this offense almost from the moment he was moved into the leadoff slot.

The incredible stats site breaks down a hitter by weeks, and there is nothing weak about what Choo is doing.

Here is his line the past week: .381 AVG, .458 OBP, 1.077 OPS.

The past two weeks: .357/.491/1.086.

The past four weeks: .345/.462/1.060.

On May 12, in a 6-1 loss against Houston, Choo went 0-for-4 with no walks. He was hitting .239.

Since then, he started a remarkable streak of getting on base at least once a game. Like the dog on the couch, every time you look up, Choo is on base.

On June 2 Choo was moved to the leadoff slot. Since then, the Rangers are 11-9. Not bad for a team that’s ten games under .500.

One guy can carry a team. (See Mike Napoli, second half of 2011.) And Choo helped carry the Rangers from a 4-0 deficit to 7-4 win over the Padres last night.

He drove in the eventual winning run in the deciding five-run sixth. It was one of those innings where everyone hit the ball, hit the ball hard, kept the line moving, took advantage of a little luck, a little sloppy Padres defense. All the things other teams had been taking advantage of the Rangers for the better part of the season.

It wasn’t a bludgeoning. When Odor came to the plate, the Rangers had had four singles and a sac fly to score their three runs which tied it at 4-4.

Choo came up, got an infield single that made it 5-4. And that was the dagger.

The Rangers scored seven runs on twelve hits, and not one home run. And just one extra-base hit. It was just a steady stream of singles.

Choo had three. He’s had a lot of them lately.


Tyson Ross (5-5, 3.34) vs. Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-1, 4.58)
Game time: 7:05

The Padres have never faced Bibens-Dirkx.
How Rangers hit against Ross.