again...too bad nobody on base at the time.
When you figure Lopez' decent OBP and the fact that Soriano has a high percentage of extra base hits, you can start adding up the number of lost games that could have been won with Lopez at leadoff. Pitchers try to strike Soriano out with nobody on, so he gets hittable pitches. But we hired him to help us win, not pad his stats. Pitchers would still have to pitch to him if Nick batted 3rd and Zimmerman 4th.
Soriano's 42nd homer puts him within 3 of the city record of 45 by Frank Howard, (who attends about 70% of the games.)