Against Erik Bedard of the Seattle Mariners on April 4, 2011, Elvis finally broke his 705-at-bat home run drought.
A .279/.347/.361 batting line with 164 hits, including 27 doubles and 5 home runs, were the results of his 150 games played. In 49 attempts, he racked up 96 runs and 37 stolen bases.
At the shortstop position, he was fifth in thefts (tied with Jacoby Ellsbury and B.J. Upton), third in sacrifice hits (tied with Upton), tied for fourth in times caught stealing (even with Upton), and second in putouts with 245 (behind Alcides Escobar) (102, even with Erick Aybar).
With Andrus at shortstop for all 17 of their postseason games, the Rangers won their second straight World Series.
In the ALCS, he went 6 for 25 with 4 runs scored, and then 8 for 29 (.276) with 5 runs in a heartbreaking seven-game loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the Fall Classic, which they lost in six games.
Andrus was the Rangers’ starting shortstop for 158 games in 2012, and he was nominated to his second straight All-Star Game. After Miguel Cabrera went out with an injury, he came in and played the 9th inning for the National League All-Stars.
He smashed a home run into the stands against Wade Miley on his first at-bat. With a personal best slash line of .286/.349/.378 with 85 runs batted in, he pounded out 180 hits, 31 doubles, and 9 triples.
The Rangers brought up another young shortstop, Jurickson Profar, in the last weeks of the season, but Andrus remained the team’s starting shortstop.
In contrast, the Rangers, who had been leading the AL West race for most of the season, were forced to play the inaugural Wild Card Game against the Baltimore Orioles on the final day of the season.
In spite of Andrus’s efforts, Texas lost the game, losing 5-1. As a whole, he had a solid season, finishing second in the league in triples (behind Austin Jackson’s one), shortstop putouts (to his credit), assists (to his credit), and mistakes (to his credit) (3rd, 16, behind Escobar and Asdrubal Cabrera).
He batted .234, .342, and .344 in the postseason for Magallanes, his first postseason team in three years to play winter ball, and he nearly had a.500 on-base percentage. When they went to the 2013 Caribbean Series, he was not there with them.
How Is Elvis Andrus Doing This Year?
Although Andrus had two operations to fix a fractured fibula in late September, he appears to be ready for spring training because he will start the season opener. In his first season in Oakland in 2021, the veteran shortstop had a .243/.241 batting average.