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Matt Garza had a spectacular day – allowing just three hits and one walk, while striking out six over six innings – but he gave up two runs, and the Cubs didn’t score in time to get him the win. Well, they didn’t win at all, but you know what I mean.

The Cubs pulled another late-inning comeback when Bryan LaHair blasted a two-run shot in the 8th, but since the Cubs absolutely refuse to hold those kinds of leads at Miller Park, the bullpen gave it up, and then lost the game in the 10th.

The loss comes mostly courtesy of Norichika Aoki, who came into the game with no “real” homers this year (one inside-the-parker), but somehow managed to hit two today against the Cubs, including the walk-off winner. Good for him.

Given the way it ended, there isn’t too much to get excited about …

  • JoeyCollins

    One run losses are my favorite… I must be a cubs fan.

    • ETS

      This is the reason people hate cubs’ fans

    • joepoe321

      Hunter cervenka(marlin Byrd trade) another 2 perfect innings with 2 K’s!
      ERA= 0.73!

      • joepoe321

        Brett/luke any possibility cervenka makes it to daytona this year? (0.73 ERA)

  • Daniel

    Dude…I have to say something. I have been following a different cubs blog for years and years. I just stumbled upon this one about a year ago. Been following and I love it here! Brett, you do a great job and deserve an award, lol.

    The other place has become gimmicky, the posters/editor never ever seem satisfied, over critical, entitled, and just generally douchey if you are outside their little club. This website is not any of that. Thanks everyone!

    I feel like I am part of a community here that is truly cubs fans. Not just fans when the team is good.

    • MichiganGoat

      Welcome

    • Toby

      I agree Daniel. The fans here are way more respectful towards everyone’s opinion. There is alot less “Sorryano”, “Dumpster” and so forth, less meatball fan opinions, and more intelligent conversations. Above all else, there are far more intelligent and insightful article writing on here. It is a relief to come to a site where I feel less likely to be verbally attacked for stating an observation.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        You shut your stupid mouth right now! …

        er, I mean, thanks!

        • art

          LOL, was just about to write something like that, lol.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, Daniel. Very kind of you, and I’m glad you perceive the community that way – that’s the way I see it, too. Good to have you here.

    • Cubs1967

      it is a great site. brett does very good with the articles. however, wait till this gets posted, i’ve been called alot of names with swear words plus told to shut up; and all becuz i dare to disagree with the great team theo and many of his bad moves-marshall trade-signing maholm, etc………but glad you like it……..for the articles at least.

      • chirogerg

        the marshall trade was good for both sides; the trade that was teeerrriiibbbbllle was the Colvin and LeMahieu for Stewart and weathers trade. LeMahieu could have been the everyday 3-bagger and hit .280 as opposed to stewart’s .180 average

        • Joe

          Not so fast partner. LeMahieu is only hitting .250 with 0 homers according to my book.

          • Joe

            Yeah, but NOBODY hits in Colorado, RIGHT??????

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              (Different “Joe.”)

              • MichiganGoat

                I’m so confused

          • hardtop

            Dj hasn’t really played.   He began getting spot starts when Tulowitzki strained his ego and twisted his mullet.  He has 31 PA, and he’s never been known to hit for power.  so his BA and HR numbers dont mean much (ba never does).  anyway, he’s playing very very good D, he’s 23, he makes only 400k and some change (1.8 million less than stewart),  he’s pre-arb eligible, and his OBP is .323 (again, super small sample).  The original comment was that DJ would put up a better slash line than stewart while playing equal defense, and i think we all know thats correct…  and then theres the other stuff about being yonger, cheaper, etc.  Was DJ the 3rd baseman of the future? I sure hope not!  but Stewart obviously isn’t either and, hopefully, he was never intended to be.  this trade has always been a head scratchier to me because it doesn’t fit with the FO office philosophy (save the re-tread theory) or the rebuilding model that we are supposedly subscribed to.

            ill let you know how DJ looks tonight, Im going to the game.  Taking advantage of the opportunity to boo poo-hole.

    • PKJ

      Yes, I totally agree. I started reading BR about 5 months ago.

      It’s got a nice flow to it with very good writing and only a small amount of necessary bellyaching. I spent five years over at one of the other Cubs blogs, and not that I don’t enjoy things over there still, but this one is by far a better source for information about the organization as a whole.

      Thanks and keep up the great work.

      • PKJ

        I also wanted to say that I appreciate that you read and respond to posts on Twitter and Facebook.

        • MichiganGoat

          That is a real plus to this site you actual have real conversations and build friendship with Brett and the rest of the community. Glad to have you on board.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Thanks, PKJ. Glad you enjoy. I do, too.

      • Joe

        plus where else could you get a corporate man thong?????

  • MichiganGoat

    3 extra base hits, not exactly a winning formula

    • Hansman1982

      It’s a bad day when garza and hill have 66% of you xbh

      • Joe

        Castro is sinking like an anchor. For the month he has a .267/.282/.390/.672 slash line! I’m sorry, but it might be time to really start looking at Castro in a different light.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          Or time to learn binomial error bars….  Seriously, if a guy is a 0.300 hitter throughout the entire season, then you expect him to have 2 months in which he bats under 0.280.  And that does not even take into account the fact that competition varies from month to month.

          • Joe

            My concern is Castro was projected to be a .300+ hitter. Now he has slipped to .267 for the month. I really am doubting he finishes the season at .300. I might be over-reacting, but the signs are not good. You couple that with all the “mental” lapses, and it does set off an alarm.

            • DocPeterWimsey

              Assuming an average of 100 ABs a month, in how many months should a 0.300 hitter bat 0.267 or less?

              That question would be worth 5 points tops in a high school stats class.

              • Drew7

                Im still wondering why we give a damn about his batting-average at all.

                • ferrets_bueller

                  thisthisthisthisthisthis.

              • King Jeff

                Once again, he’s hitting .267/.282/.390 over the last 28 days, over the last two weeks he’s hitting .300/.327/.500. Whatever “drop” he’s had has come back up in the last two weeks.

              • Joe

                That’s all hypothetical.

                • MichiganGoat

                  No that’s statistical analysis.

                  • Joe

                    No! What you expect and what you get is hypothetical analysis.

                    • MichiganGoat

                      Alright Doc that one is all you.

                • chirogerg

                  do you know what hypothetical means?

                  • Joe

                    Uh, I think so.(LOL) Be good kid!

            • MichiganGoat

              Do we really need to have a discussion about how to figure averages over a period of time with you- again? You’re looking for something to complain about and when the facts don’t support your argument you continue to make excuses and push your complaint. Trying to start arguements after stats have clearly been placed in front of you is simply tiresome.

              • Drew7

                BetterJoe? I will never forget the Sandberg argument!

                • Joe

                  What Sandberg argument?

                  • MichiganGoat

                    It’s simple what was Sandberg’s BA over his first two years?

                    • Richard Nose

                      Yeah, Lets get to the bottom of this right now!!!

                    • Joe

                      Are you including his first year?

                    • MichiganGoat

                      Yes his year with Philly and his next year with the Cubs.

                    • Drew7

                      And we have a winner!!!!

                    • Richard Nose

                      Ohmagawd. I can’t handle this tonight. I’m out.

                    • MichiganGoat

                      Good call Mr. Nose, it not worth the heartburn that will follow.

                • Richard Nose

                  HAHAHA what was it: Sandberg hit .700 in 10 AB’s his first stint up. Then he hit .300 in 500 AB’s his 2nd year, therefore he was a career .500 hitter? Good stuff.

                  • ferrets_bueller

                    BAHAAHAH!!!
                    Ah! The good ol’ average of averages…

                  • Drew7

                    Exactly! Can someone please find that thread in the BN archives? That was some funny stuff.

                  • Joe

                    tell Michan Goat the answer is: Sandberg hit about .270 his first two seasons if you count the Phily season.

                    • MichiganGoat

                      You’ve learned, and that is good news.

                    • Drew7

                      Goat- im not convinced its good news, but im certain its Better news…

                    • MichiganGoat

                      Drew it time to let this end, I’m finished going any further will only frustrate everyone.

                    • Drew7

                      Agreed

              • Joe

                Do I know you from somewhere? I get the feeling you don’t like me or something. Did I step on your toes somehow?

                • MichiganGoat

                  I guess not you’re just a better version of someone I once knew.

                  • Joe

                    Sounds like you could kill that person.

                    • MichiganGoat

                      ??? Wow, and um no I just ignore that person

        • King Jeff

          It doesn’t matter to you that over the last two weeks his slash is .300/.327/.500, just that over the last month it hasn’t looked good. So those two weeks that he struggled matter more than the last two weeks where he hasn’t?

          • Joe

            His OPS over the last year is approx. .770! That does not concern you? i think Derek Jeter had an OPS close to.900 when coming up. I’m sorry, but it is really becoming apparent there are some issues with Castro.

            • Drew7

              We need Kyle for this one, but I’ll give ‘er a go…

              Quick Joe- without looking, what is the average OPS of a major-league SS this year (yes, including backups)?

              • Joe

                I’m gonna guess around that range. But, Castro was always projected at “above” average.

                • Drew7

                  Nope, .675 is the average OPS of a major-league SS this year. Even if you argue that number including back-ups, Castro’s is. 756.

                  So no, a .770 OPS over the last year doesnt concern me at all.

                  • Joe

                    Castro is not even among the top 10 shortstops in baseball! Does that concern you? It concerns me.

                    • Drew7

                      Sure, go ahead and sidestep that one. I probably would too.

                    • ferrets_bueller

                      Care to address the OPS point? Considering its arguable the most meaningful stat/best measure of value…

                    • MichiganGoat

                      Alright guys it’s for the best if we just stop, we know who we are dealing with but it makes no sense to keep poking and proding the beast within. Time to let it rest.

                  • Cubs1967

                    or the fact that you are comparing castro to a 1st ballot HOF player, who in 1996 there was the rabbit ball, could of been juiced and/or been lite up on greenies daily, so know .756 is great. not like the line-up around him helps, why would anyone even pitch to him is my concern with this team; so then does he get in bad habits?

            • DocPeterWimsey

              Jeter had an OPS of 0.800 in his age 22 season.  However, that was 1996, when they were using the rabbit ball that they used from the mid 1990′s to the mid aughts.

              Castro’s OPS over the last 14 months is over one standard deviation higher than the average starting shortstop’s has been.  (We’ve had this discussion before, you see….)

              • Can’t think of a cool name

                The only thing I’m concerned about with Castro is that he hasn’t taken the next step offensively this year. OPS+ is 104 so the Cubs aren’t losing because of him but I would have liked to see him progress offensively like he did between his first and second years, OPS+ went from 100 to 111. Average and slugging almost identical to career averages this year even with his recent slump but OBP is down significantly. Defensively I think he’s improved greatly. Still really young. Look at Ellsbury, after his first two seasons he was almost on the trading block.

                • Njriv

                  Keep in mind last season Castro had a Pena and a red hot Aramis batting behind him for protection, so he got more better pitches to hit. No one really to protect him in this line-up.

        • Jared

          after one month? your an idiot. great players can have bad months. jesus christ u cant be amazing every sing month or every single year for that matter, it just dont work that way, if you havnt noticed he hitting the ball hard alot of the time…just right to them

  • DocPeterWimsey

    Actually, teams have won with 3 or fewer extra base hits 429 times this year.  However, they also have lost 662 times.  A 0.392 winning percentage is not too spectacular….  (And in most of those cases, the winning team limited the opponent to 3 or fewer XBH, too.)

  • brandon

    why the hell does dale sveum keep batting castro 3rd he is a perfect # 2 hitter because he is at his best when he hits the ball up the mid and right center

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Um, why does it matter where Castro hits as to how he hits or how pitchers throw to him?  If Castro hits the ball best up the middle and to right center, then pitchers will be (at all times) trying to throw him pitches that he does not hit there.

      The idea of pitchers throwing differently to the same batter in different situations is pretty antiquated.  These days, the scouting is such that pitchers (and the coaches calling the pitches on the bench) know what pitches have the best shot at getting a batter out.  When a batter hits the ball well, it usually is because the pitcher missed the spot not because he was “forced” to throw a pitch that could be hit.

      • brandon

        castro takes a different approach at the plate when he is in the 3 spot he tries to pull the ball out of the park and then rolls over on an outside pitch

        • DocPeterWimsey

          No, Castro is Castro.  For one thing, all of the difference in his performance is well within simple probabilistic variation.  If these were, say, drug trials, you would conclude that the two treatments were identical: so if you were trying to claim that PIll #3 cured Castroism better than Pill #2, then the researchers would say: “no, it doesn’t”

          At any rate, Castro was pull happy while batting #2.  Brett posted his spray charts a couple of weeks ago.  When Castro (or any other batter) “rolls over on a pitch,” then it’s because the pitcher got the ball into a spot that fooled the batter.  Remember, the pitchers have a ton of heat charts with which to work, too.

        • chirogerg

          It seems to me that an approach is a very misunderstood term. A hitter’s approach at the plate is determined by a variety of factors (runners, outs, count, game score and inning, wind), but not one’s spot in the batting order. Castro’s approach and his execution of that approach, IMO, are not advanced, but are passable. Say, for instance, that Castro is up with runners on second and third and nobody out. The hitter’s job (no this is not debatable) is to hit a fly ball into right-center field to not only score the run, but to move the runner on second to third with only one out. Say Castro decides that the pitch he hits best to right-center is a fastball middle-away (baseball speak for the middle third of the plate or the outer third of the plate). Castro is now “looking” for a fastball middle-away. If the pitcher throws a fastball middle-away, he had better be ready, timed perfectly, and swinging at that pitch, which should then travel toward right-center. If he doesn’t get “his pitch,” he had better take it whether it is a ball or strike because he won’t be timed for an off speed pitch and won’t get his hands through on an inside fastball. If Castro correctly determines if the pitch is what he’s looking for and correctly swings/does not swing, that is considered a good approach. A bad approach would be going to the plate without knowing his “job” or how to execute it. Bad execution of a good approach would be swinging at pitch that isn’t his or taking a pitch that was his.
          A couple of things do not fall under approach or execution. One of these is getting fooled (swing at a pitch that you think is yours, but it is not). As Doc pointed out, rolling over is generally a consequence of getting fooled, but also can be a result of poor execution of one’s approach at times (swinging at an outside pitch when “looking” middle-in).
          In any case, Castro is very good at keeping his hands back and through the ball, and does not often roll over, but his solid line drives/bouncers even when he is fooled.
          I hope the concept of approach is a little clearer to everyone.

          • Drew7

            I think its vety debatable that a hitter’s *job* with runners on 2nd and 3rd w nobody out is to hit a fly ball to RC field. Why on earth would the teams best hitter trade an out for 1 run with nobody out?

            A hitter shouldnt hit to a situation OR a spot in the order; he should find a pitch in his “trigger zone” and drive it, regardless of where he bats or who’s on base.

            I agree with your definition of a bad approach, but have an entirely different point of view on a good one and what a hitters *job* is.

      • Drew7

        I thought about reponding with a similar answer, then decided the likely rebuttal would be something to the effect of, “#2 hitters should hit behind the runner, and so on…

        The idea of any guy in your lineup (let alone your #2 hitter!) hitting to a spot instead of hitting the ball where its pitched is bad baseball; a normal lineup cant afford to give up a bunch of outs, let alone one filled with a bunch of singles hitters!

    • Toby

      I agree Brandon. Castro looks more comfortable batting second. I would like Sveum stick to 1. DeJesus 2. Castro 3. LaHair 4. Soriano 5. Clevenger 6. Stewart 7. Campana/Johnson 8. Barney 9. Pitcher. It is on days when LaHair is not in the lineup should Castro bat third. Ultimately, I believe Sveum will bat Castro second, but only when Sveum has a more regular roster. When Rizzo gets called up then I think the batting order, most likely, will be 1. DeJesus 2. Castro 3. LaHair/Rizzo 4. LaHair/Rizzo (not sure who would bat 3 or 4) 5. Soriano (unless traded) then B. Jackson (if he’s ready) then I’m not sure who would bat 5th. 6. Stewart 7. Clevenger/Soto 8. Campana/Johnson 9 Pitcher

  • calicubsfan007

    Shoot, I had a good feeling about this game. Sigh… At least Garza’s playing well again…

  • cubfanincardinalland

    Maybe it’s just me, but I find it rather obvious that Castro is a leadoff hitter and should be there, with DeJesus batting second.

    • Drew7

      I strongly disagree. A leadoff hitter’s job is to get on base; with Castro’s BB-rate, hed have to hit. 350 before id prefer him to Dejesus in that spot.

  • cubfanincardinalland

    Castro started the season with a career on base percentage around .343. This year it has dropped to .324. I believe when he is hitting second or third, he feels like he needs to drive in runs, and is much less selective at the plate. And DeJesus is a classic number two, the way he can work counts, hit and run, and hit to all fields. I think it would work much better for this lineup.

    • Drew7

      We just have different views on where to put what types of hitters (especially what a *good* 2-hitter’s qualities are) I guess. .343 isnt gonna cut it for me at the top, especially with a BB-rate trending downward for quite some time.

  • ferrets_bueller

    Anyone else going to see the Wall at Wrigley tomorrow, btw?
    Massive Floyd fan here. I don’t expect it to be anywhere near as good as it was last year at the United Center, but…should still be epic. I’m in the field section R.

  • Cheryl

    Castro is more comfortable battig second. It shows in his batting approach. Leave him at second. Again. people are expecting too much of him. He does have some lapses. But he’s only 22. I don’t think he’s the top shortstop in the league according to batting average and fielding, but he could be in time.

  • Matty Ice

    For Brett and or Luke, with Correa signing for well below slot at 4.8, do you think that hurts some of the leverage Almora might have had and he signs for right around slot?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      No. I actually asked Kevin Goldstein that very thing earlier today, and he confirmed what I suspected: players are still negotiating completely independently of “precedent” by picks around them.

      • Joe

        You would think it would have”some” impact, no?

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          In my mind, it can’t be completely and totally meaningless, but it definitely means far, far less than in other sports’ drafts. Almost nothing.

          • Joe

            Wow.

      • MichiganGoat

        Regardless, this year should be interesting to see how teams will move forward next year and possibly how the international signing works.

  • cubfanincardinalland

    It is actually quite bizarre how much Castro is used as the scapegoat by so many fans. He basically is the only really good position player the Cubs have. Watching the Brewers telecast on MLB tv today, the other teams announcers talk as though Castro is really the only player they worry about in the lineup. We have a third baseman hitting .195, a starting catcher who was hitting .160 before he got hurt, a veteran left fielder with hands down the worst plate discipline in baseball, yet people pick out a 22 year old rising star and complain about him. Strange.

    • MichiganGoat

      Sadly some fans are never satisfied by a good player working toward greatness while still being the age of a A/AA player. This lack of patience and vision is frustrating but the nature of some people’s fandom.

      • LEO L

        It is short sighted. We will probably go through this again when Rizzo has a bad week next year.

        • Joe

          Castro is having more than a bad week. If not for his good start, he could possibly be hitting below .250! I am just alarmed. Not picking on the kid. I’m sure red flags are up in the FO!

    • Joe

      I don’t think of it as the fans complaining as is more as they are dissappointed by the fact they aren’t seeing numbers they thought they were gonna see. Not saying that more should be expected from the kid at his age, but fans expectations of the kid are very high. Too high? I don’t know. But he was touted very loudly and any drop in performance is more pronounced.

    • Dustin S

      Early in the year on a national broadcast game even Rick Sutcliffe said the same thing, that Castro is the only star on the offensive player other teams have to worry about. He’s only 22 and we’re lucky as heck to have him. This team without Castro would offensively would set all kinds of “worst” records. I’m sure they’ll nail a few of them down this year even with Castro.

  • ColoCubFan

    As Yogi said once, “Baseball is 90% mental, and 50% physical.”

    I coached our small town team when my oldest son and his friends were jr. high age. Both my son and his best friend wanted to hit leadoff. For some reason they both felt most comfortable there. I rotated them once in awhile, but pretty much stuck with his buddy at leadoff and my son batting 9th. (Neither felt comfortable batting 2nd.)

    At the end of the year, their BA’s reflected their comfort zone. Both hit over .300 when hitting 1st, and both well below .300 batting anywhere else. I have no explanation except it was pretty much all in their heads.

    I can definitely vouch for a player’s “head game” mentality as to where they bat.

  • Cheryl

    At the end of the year I can see a more mature Castro, but he has to make some adjustents now.

    • Joe

      Most definitely! This is a “huge” time in this kids career. If he can’t correct things, defensively and offensively, questions will be raised.

      • LEO L

        I agree. But it is only huge because he is devoloping still. cant keep saying he is young forever. but I think next year will be more important to see what he is about. does he carry over the same thnig year to year or does he work on things in the offseason. does he put on muscle as develops? baseball is agame of adjustments. can he adjust? on month or even one year is not enough to know. he has the tools. he needs to devolop them further.

  • Dustin S

    One more random thought, the new Cubs commercial that runs a flashback through the years of Cubs plays and games is really amazing. Big kudos to whoever put that together. I about got teary-eyed. When I am about to go one day hopefully far in the future and they say you flashback through your life right before you go, that video would sum up a lot of my Cubs fan life.

    • Leroy K.

      Do you know if that’s on youtube?

  • Cub Gone Wild

    How in Gods name is Castro supposed to put up good numbers on the worst team in baseball. DeJesus is a fuzz above average, LaHair earns his keep, Barney is serviceable, 3 starting pitcher’s are good. The rest of this team could go unclaimed if put on waivers!! Oops I forgot Clevinger. The rest aren’t any good and couldn’t get a job with any other team in base all

    • Joe

      Doc could probably answer this better, but I’ll try. Castro’s important numbers are the most relavent. His average, OBP, and SLG are all things that HE can control. It does not matter what the rest of the team is doing! We are NOT looking at RBI’s. We are also looking at RISP %.

    • calicubsfan007

      Yeah, I think the Cubs could have Cleve as the catcher of the future. Provided that he maintains the level of play that he has exhibited so far. Barney is so so, Castro is solid to great, starting pitching is better than expected, and the relief sucks.

  • calicubsfan007

    I am not picking on Castro or anything, but are the Cubs open to trading him for the right offer? I would be saddened by it, but I know that it could help us in the long run. Castro is great, Sveum is okay as a rookie manager with this kind of team. Something has to give, unless they worked out their differences by now, which is possible.

  • AD

    Headed over to the Iowa Cubs game tonight. Vitters hit a rope for a double, Rizzo knows how to square up a baseball, and Brett Jackson still has a little work left to do. If we can hit on two of three we will have a solid foundation going forward.

    • calicubsfan007

      Are you saying that Vitters is ready to be promoted to the bigs? If so, they need to get rid of or bench Stewart. His batting is doing more harm than good for the Cubs. Love his D and leadership, but his offense is really starting to piss me off.

      • Joe

        Luke said he is not ready! I believe him. Luke is very smart. I tend to speak a lot from emotion. If he is not ready, he is not ready.

  • AD

    He is only hitting .261 so he still has some work to do. He also made an error at third base. A September call-up is probably suitable this year. Otherwise I would look for him around the All-Star Break next year if he continues to develop.

    • calicubsfan007

      Thanks for the quick comment. Vitters is just one of those guys I am not sure if he will make it or not.

  • http://It'searly Mike F

    Casto is a focal point of extremes. i certainly don’t think Castro has anything to do with this team’s current problem. He is not at this moment, clearly a legitimate number 3. He is not at this point a gold glove shortstop. And he is not at this point a well rounded player who makes his teammates, namely the infield around him better, or those around him in the batting order better. He though, to be fair, doesn’t make them worse and is not relevant in my view to the problems of this team.

    In general, I think the team is better defensively and does some of the little things better. But they dramatically lack talent and certainly lack bullpen depth. The bullpen is putrid, horrific and whatever you wish to call it; And I know a lot don’t see the value of it, but the biggest offensive woe is they don’t have 3.4, and 5 hole hitters. We should all be happy about LaHair’s progress, but no one has been chasing him and obviously they haven’t had enough confidence to force him into the line-up.

    Rizzo probably fills one of those spots, but this team is desperate for a big bat, someone who can hopefully hit the ball out, drive in runs and with less than 2 outs and man on 3rd get the guy in. This far in his career, Castro like Ramirez seems to struggle at times, cutting down his swing, being disciplined and doing exactly that. I’m not advocating dumping him or him as a problem, but seems to me too many start with the proposition he’s something he’s yet to prove himself to be, namely great. For the Cubs to get a great young bat, someone say like Upton people like to talk about an under 25 hitter, with that kind of talent, we will ultimately have to give something up. And to this extent, if you’re going to build a core of this team to compete for 10 years, I have to say it makes more sense to concern ourselves with legitimate 3, 4 and 5 hitters than 2 hole hitters.

    So no I think it’s brilliant to put Castro in the 3 hole and see what you have. And before anyone says Sandberg, different time and different player. Sandburg was a better and more fundamental player, knew how to win and did the little things, all of them well as well as a wall full of Gold gloves. Ryne was as sound a player as has been in Cubs uniform and Castro while he’s shown talent hasn’t shown that kind of complete package. And I’m not advocating trading or dumping him, but I think you have to listen and if you get better value, anyone on this roster should go. The problem no, reverent to the problem again no, so if the right deal came along that made them better why not? Those holes 3, 4 and 5 have one candidate and won’t fill themselves, and Starlin is proving he isn’t a 3 hole hitter.

    • Joe

      Might not be a “focal” point as you describe, but he is certainly contributing to the team losing right now! You are not denying that are you?

  • die hard

    Phillies looking at LaHair if Cubs promote Rizzo

    • Vladimir

      Where did you hear that? link please?

      • MichiganGoat

        We all wonder the same thing, my guess it’s more of an opinion and thought than an actual rumor.

  • KidCubbie

    So i see most teams are signing their first round picks already. Does anybody have an idea on when we should expect Almora to be signed?

  • RY34

    only the cubs could give up not one but two homers to a guy who hadnt come close all year hardly to putting one in the seats. the amazing/rediculous stats just keep adding up!

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