So did some crunching and the Cubs offense is registering 7.4 runs per game with Soriano absent from the lineup and 4.7 runs with him. The team is also 10-5 without him and 8-9 with him. Small sample size, and you can talk about various factors skewing these early results but the bottom line is that this is a split that bears watching.
More relevant is his early season splits with bases empty versus RISP. He is actually hitting .240 with RISP and a jaw-dropping .133 with the bases empty. We can argue all we want that he only officially bats "leadoff" once a game, but it is clear that Soriano is not getting on base to start innings or at least potentially start something if an out is already on the books. THIS SCREAMS TO GET HIM OUT OF THE LEADOFF SPOT.