Mr. April

By Chris Rewers on Monday, May 2, 2011

Gordon Wittenmyer, in Monday's Chicago Sun-Times, pointed out that Cubs right fielder Kosuke Fukudome hit .383 (23-for-60) and is a .345 (101-for-293) hitter in his four seasons with the Cubs. But entering Monday's game, Fukudome was hitting just .244 (275-for-1,129) after April.

Here's a comparison of how Fukudome fared in April and afterwards in each of his first three seasons with the North Siders:

April 2008: .327 (32-for-98)

Rest of 2008: .241 (97-for-403)

April 2009: .338 (24-for-71)

Rest of 2009: .245 (105-for-428)

April 2010: .344 (22-for-64)

Rest of 2010: .245 (72-for-294)

Other April tidbits courtesy of Wittenmyer:

* Shortstop Starlin Castro's 40 hits tied Alex Rodriguez's 1997 major league record for most April hits by a player 21 or younger.

* Left fielder Alfonso Soriano, who has 10 home runs and is tied with Milwaukee's Ryan Braun for the major league lead, is the first Cub to enter May with at least a share of the big league lead in that category since Dave Kingman homered six times in April 1980.

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