People celebrate hitting streaks — and they are a lot of fun — but on-base streaks are just as good a measure of someone helping their team day-in, day-out. And not many guys have been helping their team as much lately as Shin-Soo Choo has been helping the Rangers.
Choo went 3-for-5 and hit a tie-breaking RBI in last night’s 7-4 victory over the Padres. In doing so he extended his career-best on-base streak to 38 games. That’s eight shy of the Rangers team on-base record of 46. The longest streak by anyone this season is Odubel Herrera, who did it 45 times.
Both of those are doable. The all-time record for getting on-base is . . . less doable. Ted Williams did it a mind-boggling 84 straight games in 1949.
Choo is hitting .285/.395/.483 on the season.
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.