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I Get That Lou Wants More Runs, But Why Change The Good Things?

We all know the offensive struggles of this team. If you don't, see April through July.

 

The team really started to score some runs with Fukudome at the top of the order. And he started getting on base as well. In 21 games started at the lead-off position, he had 99 PA's. From that, he drew 17 walks, had 26 hits (11 are XBH) which leads to a .325 BA/.439 OBP/ .989 OBPS. Looking at the other players who have hit leadoff this year for significant periods of time (no Reed Johnson or Sam Fuld here), Alfonso Soriano is hitting  .228/.295/.716 with 30 XBH out of 69 total hits (14 are home runs, the rest are doubles) in 332 PA's. Ryan Theriot has a small sample size (9 games, 45 PA's), but his numbers aren't impressive there either. He's hitting .357/.386/.744, which is pretty good, but all of his 15 hits are singles and he has only 3 walks. 

 

The other key stat, which really only applies to Fukudome and Soriano (I'm discounting Theriot here because of his smaller sample size) is that Fukudome has a decent amount RBI's (12) compared to Soriano (32). Fukudome gets an RBI every 8.25 PA and Soriano gets one every 10.375. Doesn't seem like a huge difference, right? Well, keep in mind Soriano has 14 home runs to Fukudome's 2 from the lead-off spot. That means at least 14 of his RBI's (I can't find the stats for RBI's as a result of homers, if anyone can find it, it'd be greatly appreciated) are from homers. Take those RBI's out for both players and you have a ratio of 18.44 for Soriano and 9.9 for Fukudome.

 

Now I understand that Soriano is no longer the lead-off hitter and Fukudome doesn't usually start against leftys, so due to the injuries, it may have been the right move to drop him in the order against Happ and today against Lee. I just don't get why last night he didn't lead-off. He seems to be a good thing up at the top of the order. Why is Lou insisting that Theriot start up there against righties when Fukudome is doing such a great job?

 

I'd say keep Theriot out of the 2 spot as well. Bradley is hitting really well there (.542 OBP) while Theriot has decent numbers (.359 OBP). But considering Bradley hasn't hit successfully anywhere in the lineup, it might be smart to keep him in a spot where he's doing well.

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