CHICAGO: Shin-Soo Choo carries on on-base percentage of .401 into tonight's game against the White Sox and can become the first Indians hitter to finish a season at .400 or better since Travis Hafner did it in 2006.
""I value that a lot,'' manager Manny Acta said this afternoon. ""You score runs by getting on base. That speaks highly of a good hitter. It really speaks to his value this year, because of what he had to deal with, being pitched around a lot. Even then, he didn't chase pitches or try to do too much.''
Choo, who normally bats in third in lineup, was handicapped by the fact that he had to hit in the second position for more than two months because of an injury to Asdrubal Cabrera. Moreover, because Hafner has not had a banner season, there was nobody to protect him in the cleanup spot.
Another plateau is within Choo's reach: finishing the season with a .300 batting average. But the question becomes whether he should sit out the finale Sunday if he maintains his .300 average tonight?
""I don't think he's that kind of guy,'' Acta said. ""Whatever I do (in filling out the lineup), I'll do at my discretion. I'm not going to run it by him. I'll take care of it. But the first thing we have to do is clinch fourth place.''