Cubs spin leadoff carousel as Albert Almora Jr. takes turn at the top

Albert Almora, who entered Saturday hitting .346 with a .976 OPS against left-handers, became the Cubs’ 10th leadoff hitter this season.

“It is unusual,” Maddon said of the high number of leadoff men since Dexter Fowler left as a free agent. “But I’m OK [with it]. The guys have all responded to it pretty well.”

Subtracting the failed six-week leadoff experiment with Kyle Schwarber, the other Cub leadoff men combined to hit .251 with a .322 on-base percentage, .784 OPS and 50 runs scored.

Cubs’ leadoff men this year:


  • Kyle Schwarber
  • Ben Zobrist
  • Jon Jay
  • Anthony Rizzo
  • Ian Happ
  • Jason Heyward
  • Javy Baez
  • Willson Contreras
  • Matt Szczur
  • Albert Almora Jr.


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