Thursday, September 3, 2015

Chooch's Rebound Games

Carlos has rebounded from taking the collar (0-for-4) very well lately.

Chooch's Rebound Games

Carlos Ruiz took his 10th 0-for-4 collar of the season Friday night. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Carlos Ruiz took his 10th 0-for-4 collar of the season Friday night. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Carlos Ruiz took his 10th 0-for-4 collar of the season Friday night, so we're itching to see what he has in store for the Braves on Saturday.

In his next start following his previous nine 0-for-4s, he's hitting .419 (13-for-31), with a .486 on-base percentage and a .742 slugging percentage (four doubles, two homers). He's also scored four runs, knocked in six, taken a walk and been hit by three pitches.

And, oh, by the way, he is just 5-for-13 (.385), in starts following 0-for-3s.

Below are Chooch's 0-for-4 and the stats from his next start:

Date Opponent Date Opponent   H-AB Other Stats
April 9 Marlins April 11 Marlins   2-  3 RBI, 2B, HR, W
April 19 at Padres April 22 at Padres   1-  4 R
May 12 Padres May 14 Astors   2-  3 R, RBI, HBP
May 19 Red Sox May 21 Red Sox   0-  3 K
June 2 Marlins June 4 Dodgers   1-  4  
June 5 Dodgers June 6 Dodgers   1-  3 R, HBP
June 17 at Blue Jays June 19 Rockies   2-  4 R, 3 RBI, 2B, HR
June 21 Rockies June 23 Rays   2-  3 RBI, HBP
June 29 at Marlins June 30 at Marlins   2-  4 2 2B, K
July 6 Braves July 7 Braves    ???  
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