Chooch’s Hot Streak Propels Him to Top of NL Catchers

Chooch is seeing lots of pitches. (MLB)

Chooch is among the MLB’s hottest players as the Phillies return home.

Update, 4 pm: Ruiz was named the NL’s Player of the Week.


Yesterday afternoon, Carlos Ruiz received a well-deserved day off. After starting the season hitting .204/.328/.286 through the Phillies’ 17th game, Ruiz had a week for the ages that began on April 21 in Los Angeles. Ruiz hit .500/.593/.909, hitting his 1st homer, earning 7 RBI, including his first of the season, and scoring 8 runs.

Because of Ruiz’s hot streak, Chooch’s triple-slash now sits at .296/.412/.479. As my colleague Corey Seidman points out, Ruiz ranks 1st in OBP, extra base hits, and runs, among NL catchers while ranking 3rd in batting average and walks. Chooch also ranks second among NL catchers in OPS and is tied for 1st in wRC+.

With the Phillies playing well, Tuesday can’t come soon enough. While resting your catcher on what would have been his seventh day behind the plate in a row makes an awful lot of sense, I kind of wanted to see Ruiz out there to see if he could keep his hot streak going. Now, we’ll all just have to wait until Tuesday.



  1. Ken Bland

    April 28, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Chooch got NL Player of the Week.

    With a day off, no less.

  2. Carlos

    April 28, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    My favorite Phillie!

  3. Bob in Bucks

    April 28, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Hey Ian. Nice post but Chooch did not catch on Sunday.

  4. N Hartley

    April 28, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Amazing what steroids will do.

    • schmenkman

      April 28, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Try again, sweetie.

    • wbramh

      April 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Yeah, I hear they can make you write stupid things – is that true?

  5. bacardipr

    April 28, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Chase was carrying the team for a bit. Now its Chooch turn to take over. Now we just need Howard and company to take up the rear.

  6. DavidE

    April 28, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    The team is exceeding the expectations we had coming into the season. After the Grapefruit League, 13-12 is a pretty good record especially since the Phillies have played 16 of the games on the road and 16 of the games have been played against teams with winning records at this time. It’s possible that this team could contend for a playoff spot.

  7. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    April 28, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Congrats Chooch! First since Werth in ’08 to score 6+ extra base hits in a series.

  8. RobertA

    April 29, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Hey the cards are 14-13 and they were supposed to own the NL. I feel this is promising

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