Alfonso Soriano: Still Top of the Order

Nick TysonCorrespondent IApril 13, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 04:  Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs looks on against the New York Yankees during their game on April 4, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Week one is in the books and the Chicago Cubs are off to a relatively hot start again. The starting pitching looks rock solid, with only Ted Lilly seeming lackluster, and for the most part the lineup is strong as well.

The only worries for the Cubs so far are coming from the bullpen, specifically from the implosions of closer Kevin Gregg. Fortunately, this has only cost them one victory.

After six games, leadoff man Alfonso Soriano already has four home runs, further proving to me that he should not be batting leadoff. The team would be much better served putting him in the middle of the order as a run-producer.

Three out of Soriano's four home runs have been solo shots, and the other was a two-run shot.

Sure, these home runs are helpful to the team's success, but if Soriano bats fifth in the order, he would rack up the RBI's with his power.

While some of you may say Soriano has gotten off to a nice start with two stolen bases, he has walked only three times in six games, and that rate is likely to drop off significantly as the year goes on.

On the other hand Ryan Theriot, the other prospective leadoff man, has picked up where he left off in 2008, with five walks thus far.

Obviously, the statistics are somewhat skewed since the season has only just begun, but after six games, Soriano has an OBP of .355 while Theriot's is .615. 

Once again, these numbers cannot be compared and it is unfair to do so, but Soriano's powerful start has strengthened my belief that his rightful spot in the order is in a run-producing spot.