Life on Top

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, April 16, 2011

According to the preseason prognosticators, one of the Cubs' glaring weaknesses was supposed to be the leadoff spot.

Manager Mike Quade decided to go with a leadoff man-by-committee approach op open the season, and through the campaign's first 12 games, it has paid huge dividends.

I enjoyed the informative breakout box that accompanied Gordon Wittenmyer's column in Friday's Chicago Sun-Times that illustrated the Cubs' success at the top of the order.

Entering Friday's play, the Cubs were leading the majors in leadoff batting average (.480), on-base percentage (.544), and slugging percentage (.640).

The statistics of the Cubs' leadoff hitters:

Kosuke Fukudome 4 GS/.385 (5-for-13)/6 BB/R/.579 OBP

Jeff Baker 4 GS/.438 (7-for-16)/0 BB/2 R/.438 OBP

Starlin Castro 4 GS/.579 (11-for-19)/BB/5 R/.600 OBP

Alfonso Soriano 0 GS/.500 (1-for-2)/0 BB/0 R/.500 OBP

Totals 12 G/.480 (24-for-50)/7 BB/8 R/.544 OBP

The shame of it, though, was that the Cubs managed just a 6-6 record during a stretch that included nine games against three of the National League's weaker teams. The schedule, beginning with Friday's game at Colorado, had become a bit tougher.

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