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Choo-Choo engine starting to heat upBy Oh Kyu-wook
Published : April 29, 2011 - 18:14
It’s been a very sluggish start for Choo Shin-soo. After 23 games into the 2011 season, the Cleveland Indian’s best hitter is currently batting just .250.
But the Korean slugger, who has gained the nickname “Choo-Choo engine” for his powerful hitting, is starting to get into his stride as the Indians continue to dominate in the American League, sitting pretty at the top of the table.
Choo signaled his full return to fitness on Friday, blasting a solo and his fourth homer of the season over the wall in centerfield.
The 29-year-old outfielder hit the first of four Cleveland solo homers against Kansas starter Kyle Davies to give the Indians a 8-2 win over the Royals.
It was his third straight multi-hit game. Over the past three games, Choo has gone 6-for-10 with a pair of home runs and five RBIS to raise his average from .203 to 250. The right fielder has now a five-game hitting streak.
“I feel like I’m getting better,” Choo said after the game.
The win extended the Indians’ home winning streak to 10 games, the longest run since 1996, and gave them a four game leave over the Royals, who have lost six consecutive games.
The Indians’ current record is impressive considering their best hitter Choo is hitting below his average.
Last year, the right fielder hit a .300 batting average with his career high 22 home runs, 90 runs and 22 steals. He was the first Cleveland player since 1901 to have back-to-back seasons of at least a .300 batting average, 20 home runs and 20 steals.
This year, however, fans are concerned about his form, as he has been struggling at the start of the season. But Choo claims that he is getting his rhythm back.
“It’s not great, but each and every at-bat I’m seeing the ball better and each and every at-bat I’m having a great at-bat.” Choo said.
By Oh Kyu-wook (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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