Previewing The Yankees At The Rangers
Jul 10, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers designated hitterShin-Soo Choo
(17) bats during the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Many Yankees’ fans are probably upset that Shin-Soo Choo isn’t manning right field for the Bombers every night, and instead are stuck with the injured Carlos Beltran. Don’t get too upset. Choo is only hitting .243 on the season, with 9 home runs and 34 driven in. For the amount of years and money that Texas had to give him, Beltran seems to be the much better deal.
Beltran is starting to pick up the pace a little bit at the plate, after suffering through injuries and a deplorable first half. His batting average is down (.228), but his run production numbers are better than Choo’s, with 12 home runs, and 35 driven in. Beltran has been suffering from a bone spur in his elbow, but should hit back to his norms as the summer rolls along. And…here’s the big thing: Beltran is a proven post-season performer, something the Yankees have been lacking for years. If the Bombers can make it to the post-season, look out for #36.