Comparing the Cubs Leadoff Hitters: Ryan Theriot vs. Kosuke Fukudome

May 29, 2010 by  

Three players have started a game atop the Cubs batting order this season: Ryan Theriot, Kosuke Fukudome, and Marlon Byrd.

Theriot has led off 38 times, Fukudome 10 times, and Byrd once heading into Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

Among those who follow the Cubs, the choice between Theriot and Fukudome is a contentious one. Neither is the ideal choice for a leadoff hitter, but for a team without any better candidates, they have their own advantages.

Looking at this year's numbers, Fukudome is clearly better at drawing walks. While Theriot walks in only 3.4 percent of his plate appearances, Fukudome boasts a 13.6 percent walk rate.

That ability presents itself in his .392 on-base percentage, 72 points hi...

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