Player spotlight: David DeJesus

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Player spotlight: David DeJesus

The Cubs offense has had a lot of issues this season, but David DeJesus has not been one of them.

Dale Sveum's squad ranks at or near the bottom of the league in just about every major offensive category. But there is one area the Cubs have excelled -- getting men on base at the top of the order.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made DeJesus their first acquisition when they took over the Cubs. The signing didn't wow fans, but DeJesus fit the mold of players targeted by this new front office -- a guy that doesn't do one thing particularly well, but works the count and does a little bit of everything.

DeJesus has done exactly what he was signed to do. While the Cubs offense has struggled -- especially during the recent 12-game losing streak -- he has put up a .289 average with a .379 on-base percentage. The .416 slugging percentage leaves a little to be desired, but DeJesus already has four triples and is second on the team with 21 walks.

He's spent the majority of the year in the leadoff spot, which has helped the Cubs to a .373 OBP from their leadoff hitters, second in the NL to only the Cardinals.

DeJesus is seeing 4.07 pitches per plate appearance -- which puts him in the Top 20 in the NL -- and is currently in the midst of a modest eight-game hitting streak.

The 32-year-old outfielder boasts a career line of .284.357.420, so this season is not a mirage. As the Cubs search for more offense, they can take solace in the fact that they already have a solid top-of-the-order hitter in DeJesus, who is under team control through the 2014 season.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: No Wade, no how

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: No Wade, no how

Jon Greenberg (The Athletic), Lauren Comitor (The Athletic) and Nick Friedell (ESPN 1000) join Kap on the panel. 

The Bulls have defined their direction, but will that direction include Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo? 

Kyle Schwarber strikes out 3 times in his Iowa debut.  How long will he be in AAA? Plus Joe Maddon doesn’t care about your lineup concerns, Jose Quintana auditions against the Yankees, and Scott Paddock talks NASCAR and NHRA

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5 at 5: Meet the new Bulls, Cubs lineup changes and how Cubs, Sox are handling bullpens

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5 at 5: Meet the new Bulls, Cubs lineup changes and how Cubs, Sox are handling bullpens

In Tuesday's edition of 5 at 5, Chuck Garfien and Tom Cooper break down the top five Chicago sports storylines right now.

Included is another new Cubs lineup, how Joe Maddon and Rick Renteria are handling the bullpens on both sides of town and a discussion of favorite old video games. Plus, reaction to the Bulls' introduction of new players Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine.

Also, which Chicago athlete would be best in a WWE ring?

5 AT 5 - 6/27/2017

The Cubs batting lineup is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get. The 5 @ 5 wants to hear your thoughts on the batting order PLUS MORE!

Posted by CSN Chicago on Tuesday, June 27, 2017