Martin was 9-for-29 with six walks in those eight games as the leadoff hitter. But Choo, for the season, went into Friday night hitting .193 with a .268 on-base percentage and a .330 slugging percentage in the No. 3 spot. As a leadoff hitter, he was batting .269 with a .409 on-base percentage and a .404 slugging percentage.
"It doesn't matter, I don't know the numbers," Choo said. "I had two years in the No. 3 spot in Cleveland and had pretty good years."
The Rangers have been struggling in the No. 3 spot all season. Their No. 3 hitters went into Friday's game hitting .221 with a .276 on-base percentage and a .328 slugging percentage. They ranked last in all three categories in the American League. Their 70 runs from the No. 3 spot was also the lowest while 38 RBIs tied for the second fewest.
Carlos Pena started in the No. 3 spot on Friday night. He is the sixth player used there by the Rangers along with Choo, Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre, Alex Rios and Mitch Moreland.
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