ATLANTA Taking three cuts after the Braves 4-1 win over the Cubs at Turner Field on Friday night.
1. Yes, He Is A Leadoff Hitter
The knock on Andrelton Simmons entering his first season atop the order was that he wasn't a prototypical leadoff man.
Last season the shortstop drew just 12 walks in 49 games, possessing a 6.6 rate that ranked 13th on the Braves. He had one stolen base, which was 41 less than the guy he was replacing atop the order in Michael Bourn, and the 3.77 pitches Simmons saw per plate appearance were next-to-last among all MLB players with at least 130 at-bats.
But through four games Simmons is proving adept at his new role, a point he drove home in the third inning of Friday night's win.
Simmons drew a five-pitch walk off Scott Feldman to open the third, then with Justin Upton at the plate, he stole his first base of the year, sliding head first to get under the tag by shortstop Starlin Castro. Simmons then displayed some heads-up base running as he reached...