Shin-Soo Choo has not been missing from the line up as such, but his bat has not been what it was to start the season over the past few games. Choo was in an 0-18 slump going into tonight’s game, but that would change rapidly for the Texas Rangers slugger.
“He’s just got to keep fighting,” Washington said before the series finale according to texasrangers.com. “I don’t think this is the first time he’s been through something like this. But he’ll come out of it.”
He did snap out of his slump tonight. Shin-Soo Choo went 2-4 with 4 RBI, including 3 on his bases clearing double in the second inning. So apparently Ron Washington was right about him. Choo has a track record that says he will always come out of slumps, seeing that his carer OBP is .390, and he is right around that with the Rangers. Right now his batting average sits at .256, while his career batting average is .286, so what that tells me is that he has a lot of hitting left to do this season.
Sometimes all it takes for a player to snap out of a slump that they are going through is one good at bat.
Well tonight, Shin-Soo Choo had more than one good at bat, he had a good game. And I tend to believe that the Shin-Soo Choo that we saw at the beginning of the season, the one who was walking and hitting home runs is about to be back in a big way. The Texas Rangers have enough faith in his power to have him batting third, and that has already paid dividends in several games. I can’t wait to see Shin-Soo Choo back on a hot streak, with Yu Darvish pitching like he is and Shin-Soo Choo hitting like he did tonight, I may start having some faith again in this Texas Rangers team.