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Cincinnati Reds: New Addition Shin-Soo Choo is a Perfect Fit

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Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is happy to have a new home.

Choo drew a leadoff walk in a ninth inning which included nine runs for the Reds, and later hit a three-run double to give Cincinnati a 13-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. He made two critical errors in the outfield, which he thought would lead to a loss against the Cardinals. It turns out, mistakes were just the lift Choo needed to carry the Reds to a win.

Monday’s incredible scoring effort put aside, Choo has had an amazing start to the 2013 season. The outfielder spent the last seven seasons with the Cleveland Indians before being traded in the final year of his contract to be the Reds’ new leadoff man. In seven games with his new team, he is hitting .379 with three home runs and two doubles. Choo appears to be enjoying his first stint in the National League so far in 2013.

Cincinnati showed a swift change in the powers over the NL Central with the come-from-behind win on Monday. The Reds are a clear favorite to win the division because of a top-to-bottom strong rotation coupled with a deep batting order, and may be the favorite to win an NL title.

What has changed over the last year? I think Choo can figure it out.

John Engel is a Pac-12 basketball writer for Rant Sports and also works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in Los Angeles. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.