I know there have been multiple threads about this guy already, albeit mostly about his effect on the outfield defense. What I want to talk about for this one is the amazing results that adding his offensive skills to the lineup clearly has on this team. I don't think it was ever more clear to me than yesterday, facing Strasburg. Choo was consistently a tough out -- almost like a "mini-Votto" -- at the beginning of the lineup. Even when he made an out, he battled and worked deep into the count. Obviously this is an anecdotal observation, but I feel his presence also has a trickle-down effect on the other hitters, as there is more consistently someone on base during the game, and even our most hack-tastic talents (Cozart, Phillips, Bruce at times) seem to have a tendency to bear down more in those situations.
Anyway, kudos to Walt for adding just the right ingredient to this team. Health depending, I think this lineup is going to cause headaches for opposing pitchers all year. With Choo and Votto providing pretty solid "slump prone" production all year, I'm very excited to see what the season has in store.