Quade likes Castro, Barney atop lineup

Quade likes Castro, Barney atop lineup

HOUSTON -- Regardless of who the Cubs have put in the leadoff spot this season, they have been productive, leading the National League in batting average and on-base percentage.

But Cubs manager Mike Quade has been excited about hitting Starlin Castro at the top of the order and Darwin Barney second. In the three-game series at Houston, the pair batted 1-2 all three games.

On Wednesday, Castro went 3-for-5 with a run, giving him eight hits in the series, and Barney went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run.

After Wednesday's game, Castro is hitting .389 and Barney .345.

"I like the two kids at the top right now," said Quade. "They're having fun, they're playing well. If they happen to set the table, it's pretty good behind them."

Castro, Jeff Baker and Kosuke Fukudome have all batted leadoff four times this season. Entering Wednesday, Cubs leadoff batters were batting .467 with an on-base percentage of .538.