The Chicago Cubs may be in line for consecutive wins for the first time in 2011. Alfonso Soriano could play a major role in that, too.
Soriano and the Cubs will try to make things a bit easier on themselves as they attempt to continue their success against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle game of this series at Wrigley Field on Tuesday
Chicago (2-2) has alternated wins and losses through its first four games, with each of them decided by three or fewer runs.
That trend continued Monday, when the Cubs opened this three-game set with a 4-1 win over Arizona (1-2) to extend their winning streak in the series to seven - four at home.
"It'd be OK if we came out and took a 10-0 lead (Tuesday)," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "We've got to get better and we still have plenty of work to do, but at least the approach and attitude out of the chute has been good."
Soriano could make a difference for Chicago after going 4 for 11 with two homers and four RBIs over the last three games after going 0 for 4 in a season-opening 6-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Friday.
The left fielder connected for his second home run in as many games Monday and finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs. He's hitting .413 with eight homers and 22 RBIs over his last 14 meetings versus the Diamondbacks, leading the Cubs to wins in 11 of them.