It’s time someone said it.
Is Alfonso Soriano the Cubs’ very own version of Barry Zito?
Clearly Soriano is struggling and he and his manager and teammates will attribute it to injury. But will he ever be the same hitter?
Soriano sports a .222 OBP so far this season, with 3 HR and 13 total hits in 75 AB. Yet his manager insists on batting him in the leadoff spot. This stance is clearly costing the team runs, not to mention wins. The Cubs were 10-5 in Fonz’ absence, with Reed Johnson filling the leadoff spot for the most part in those games.
The Cardinals (save for one 9th inning hiccup Friday night) ate Soriano alive this weekend to the tune of 3-14 hitting. Sure, he had 5 RBI, but ultimately not a single RBI of his mattered in any game (thanks Skipper). Not exactly leadoff material.
Perhaps ‘ole Lou is on to something here, per Mike Nagel: Stealing from Tony starts appealing to Lou
Short of that – Fukudome anyone?