ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 23: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers celebrates with manager Ron Washington after scoring in the first inning during Game Four of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 23, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Elvis Andrus was a monster in spring training, which we all know means just about nothing.
The 23-year-old shortstop, who's now in his fourth major league season, has always been known for his flashy play at shortstop and for being a demon on the basepaths, but he's never been a huge offensive threat at the plate.
So far this season, that theory has gone flying out the window.
After hitting .400 during spring training, second among regulars only to Michael Young, he's continued his success at the plate over the first month of the season.
Andrus has now reached base safely in 28 straight games, which ties a league-wide season-high shared by New York Yankees' outfielder Curtis Granderson. He also brought his hitting streak to 10 games on Thursday night with a go-ahead RBI single.
Andrus is now hitting .459 in May with six walks, two doubles and six RBIs. For the season, he's hitting .323 with a .401 on-base percentage, setting the table awfully nicely for guys like Josh Hamilton, who has driven Andrus in on home runs six times in the last four days.
He'll get a chance to keep his streak going tonight (or tomorrow with this weather) against his good buddy (not really) C.J. Wilson.