Is it wrong to think Alfonso Soriano should be the Cubs leadoff hitter?
“Don’t be surprised if Alfonso Soriano ends up in the leadoff spot this season. It won’t happen anytime soon, or necessarily come as a permanent change, but dire circumstances could place Soriano atop the Cubs order once again.”
Dale Sveum is desperate to shake-up his rag-tag offense that’s gone cold during this seven-game losing streak and now ranks 14/16 for runs scored in the National League.
Soriano, however, is one of the few Cubs producing at the plate, hitting .353, 2 HR, 4 RBI during the recent homestand, but is still hitting nowhere near what you expect from a true cleanup hitter.
“This isn’t the end of the world, folks. We know Soriano isn’t the answer at cleanup for the long haul, maybe not even through May.”
Granted Soriano is playing on one healthy leg and can’t steal bases the way Sveum wants to, but Soriano could easily transition to the leadoff role, and by all accounts, would welcome the move.