More April Homers Needed from Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs Outfielders in 2013

By Joshua Huffman
Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports

How important is a fast start for the Chicago Cubs to have a successful 2013 MLB season? According to ESPN Chicago, Alfonso Soriano stressed the importance of it with the following quote:

“Every team has a chance to make the playoffs if they have a good April. If we have a good April we can send a message to the other teams that we are a serious team.”

If that’s true, then Soriano must get off to a better start than he did in 2012. Although Soriano led the team with 32 home runs, he didn’t hit his first homer until May 15. His April stats included a .250 on-base percentage (OBP) with 11 RBI and three runs.

Soriano isn’t the only player who must improve his April contributions. In 2012, Joe Mather was the first starting outfielder who hit a home run for the Cubs. That came on April 29. Mather was making his third start in the outfield.

Soriano cited weather as a reason for why teams struggle to score runs at Wrigley Field in April. Can that work in their favor when they’re facing offensive-oriented teams such as the Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers during a 10-game home stand? Can they win some pitcher duels against the San Francisco Giants?

Such a power outage would keep the Cubs toward the bottom of the National League Central cellar. Scott Hairston will hopefully add some power when this team faces left-handed pitchers. They’ll also have Anthony Rizzo, who wasn’t promoted until late-June 2012.

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