Acquired from the Cleveland Indians this offseason, Shin-Soo Choo has been a major catalyst for the Cincinnati Reds.
Manager Terry Francona's club, meanwhile, has more than held its own without him.
Choo faces his former team for the first time as these Ohio rivals open a unique four-game set Monday at Great American Ball Park.
After spending the previous six-plus seasons with Cleveland (27-22), Choo was sent to Cincinnati (31-19) as part of a three-team trade in December. The South Korea native, who can become a free agent after this season, is hitting .285 with a team-leading nine homers and 37 runs scored from the leadoff spot. He is, however, just 1 for his last 21.
"I think he's fit in real well," general manager Walt Jocketty told the team's official website. "He's really become a great teammate that I think is well admired by his teammates. He's been just a big plus to our club. He is the lift we were looking for, offensively."
Despite losing Choo, Cleveland ranks near t...