Cincinnati Reds: Shin-Soo Choo's Hitting Streak on Line Against Pittsburgh Pirates

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Shin-Soo Choo is finally coming back around after a rough patch that saw his average fall from .337 after the first month of the season to .264 in the beginning of July.

Choo is currently on a 12-game hitting streak and has multi-hit games in eight of those. He is scoring runs too. Choo has scored 12 runs over the streak and a few stolen bases as well.

The Cincinnati Reds are able to put much more pressure on the opposing pitcher when Choo is able to get on base. His .467 on-base percentage in July is just what a coach wants out of their lead off hitter. He’s been able to challenge opposing pitchers and get them out of their comfort zone.

Choo’s streak will be on the line against the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday as the two division foes square off to start the second half. The Reds have fallen five games behind the division leading St. Louis Cardinals and trail the Pirates by four games. They’ll need to take every opportunity they can to hang in the race.

Both the Pirates and Cardinals appear to be in it for the long haul and there is a good chance one of the National League wild cards will come from this division which makes these games between each other that much more important.

June wasn’t a great month for Choo, and it clearly hurt the Reds as a whole. While Choo batted .224 over the month, the Reds posted a 12-15 record. He has the ability to be the offense’s spark plug when he is doing well, and they’ll need him to keep this up if they hope to stay in the race.

David Fouty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davefouty, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.