DeJesus doing job as Cubs' leadoff man

DeJesus doing job as Cubs' leadoff man

ST. LOUIS -- David DeJesus is doing exactly what the Cubs want their leadoff man to do.

Since Tuesday, DeJesus is 7-for-17 (.412) with a .556 on-base percentage and has scored seven runs. The right fielder also has a six-game hitting streak. He's not the only one on a roll. Starlin Castro is 8-for-17 (.471) and has scored four runs in that period.

DeJesus and hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo found a timing device at the end of Spring Training that seemed to help.

"As much as anything, it's getting some hits and being relaxed and getting confident and not getting behind in the count as often," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Saturday. "Confidence is everything in hitting. You put a few hits together and it'll just snowball."

Sveum had noticed some mechanical things with DeJesus' approach and suggested he keep his shoulders square. The right fielder isn't the only one.

"The last couple days, the whole lineup has done a good job," Sveum said.