2013 NLCS: St Louis Cardinals’ Randy Choate Has a Lot Riding on Series
St Louis Cardinals‘ lefty specialist Randy Choate made a choice almost ten months ago that is having interesting repercussions. Only time will tell if he made the right one.
Choate had about two months left on his contract with the Miami Marlins last year when he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with shortstop Hanley Ramirez. When he became a free agent again after the season, he chose to sign with the Cardinals over the Dodgers.
The offer the Cardinals made must have been too hard to resist, partly because of its length. To be able to stay in one place for three years after traveling around both the AL and NL had to be huge. The chance to play in the postseason was probably also a factor. Now his new team is facing his old one for a spot in the World Series, and he hopes his choice is validated.
The Cardinals sorely needed Choate, as they haven’t had a real lefty stopper in recent years. With the likes of Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Shin-Soo Choo, and Pedro Alvarez in the NL Central, Choate became an important part of the roster that ultimately won out in the division. Those four lefties were a combined 5-for-27 against Choate this year, and he stranded 50 out of 59 inherited runners. He also played an important role as a veteran in the bullpen amongst a herd of rookies.
Choate has appeared twice in this series, both times facing lead-off hitter Carl Crawford. He got him to pop out both times. In such close games, those outs were huge. It looks like the Cardinals made the right choice in signing Choate, and Cardinals fans hope Choate made the right choice too.
Sara Lefebvre is a St Louis Cardinals writer for RantSports.com. Connect with her on Google.