I Glove Elvis Andrus
It's taken one month to realize that Texas Rangers' rookie shortstop Elvis Andrus would be okay.
It took one play last night to remember he's going to be a star.
For once, I think it's safe to say the Texas Rangers knew what they were doing.
In last night's 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners the 20-year-old Andrus got two more hits - raising his average to .284 - and saved the game in the 9th inning with a spectacular play you haven't seen a Rangers' shortstop make in, oh, forever?
Nursing a one-run lead, Andrus ranged deep in the hole to his right and made a diving stop of a grounder by Seattle's Kenji Johjima. He then got up on one knee and - from the outfield grass, mind you - threw out Johjima by a nano-second.
Michael Young doesn't get to that ball. Most shortstops don't get to that ball. Only a handful turn it into an out.
Andrus has made six errors in 101 chances, but we knew he'd be erratic. Last night he balanced it with game-saving splendor.
And at the plate he's been much more than adequate. In two games since being moved up from No. 9 to the No. 2 hole, he's got four hits. He's struck out only 10 times in 67 at-bats (Taylor Teagarden has fanned in 13 of 29 plate appearances).
The Rangers, who play the Mariners again this afternoon at 3:40, are above .500 into May.
More importantly, looks like they've got a winner in Elvis Andrus.
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