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May 12, 2005
BASEBALL: Choi's Charge

In the last seven days, Hee Seop Choi has posted the highest OPS among all major league players with at least 10 at-bats. His 1.766, which includes two doubles and three homeruns, edges Brian Giles' 1.771 (though, in truth, the latter has been more impressive, collecting eight walks along with four doubles and two homeruns). Choi has also raised his seasonal batting average from .246 to .302.

I think it's time for him to take a crack at left-handed pitching. According to CBS, the Dodgers are projected to face Horacio Ramirez tomorrow and Mike Hampton on Saturday. Choi deserves a shot.

Posted by Robert Tagorda at 9:29 AM | Baseball 2005 | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Hampton's not particularly tougher on lefties than righties, so he's probably a good place to start.

I remain a big Choi booster.

Posted by: The Crank at May 12, 2005 9:58 AM

Unfortunately, he had a awful fielding day yesterday. Tim Wallach has done wonders with Choi's swing, but teaching fielding isn't in his job description.

Posted by: BigFire at May 12, 2005 10:39 AM

A stat question off the topic: When was the last time a pitcher who technically got the win (was pitching when winning run scored) was not awarded the win due to poor performance? I know the scorekeeper can assign the win to a previous pitcher. It happened in a Sox game vs. Detroit in the 80s. Was wondering as Keith Foulke continues to pitch, well, sort of like Looper (although apparently not as bad as Dotel). Gave up 4 runs in the 9th and got the win. Could that have been assigned to Clement?

Posted by: jim at May 12, 2005 12:01 PM

Um, isn't Giles' 1.771 higher than Choi's 1.766?

Posted by: csjoholm at May 12, 2005 1:39 PM

Speaking of OPS: Are the Mariners not only the worst offensive team in baseball currently but possibly (if things don't change) headed for a daunting distinction of being considered one of the worst of all time? Their starting outfield's OPS are .648, .749 and .879 (Ichiro) with a TOTAL of 3 HRs and 27 RBIs. Their 2 big ticket free agents have OPSs of .629 (Beltre and OUCH!) and .855 with a total of 12 HRs. Their starting catcher has an OPS of, get this, .332 with the only other catcher to play more than 2 games at .399. They have lost 10 of 11 and 5 straight with 6 consecutive games against the Red Sox and Yankees coming up. This is a major league (minor?) train wreck.

Posted by: jim at May 12, 2005 3:16 PM
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