Well, the pitching came through today, a day after giving up a 12-spot.

… but the offense mustered just three hits and one walk. One of those hits was a homer by Nate Schierholtz, which was swell, but that was all she wrote for the Cubs.

Silver lining?

june 12 box

Full box.

  • Justin

    All players have slumps for sure. But Castro hitting .238 this late in the season is about the most insane thing ever. This is getting ridiculous..

    • willis

      Here’s what we know-Castro is worse at the plate this year than he was last year, and he was worse last year than he was in 2010 and 2011. Not a good sign.

      • Justin

        Castro playing like crap is about the worst thing that could happen to the 2013 Cubs. I just want to slam my head against a concrete wall when i watch him hit these days. So frustrating…

      • Hansman1982

        Actually, his 2012 was right in line with his 2010 and not that far off from his 2011.

        This is more about pitchers adjusting and exploiting his weaknesses and him not adjusting yet than anything.

        Remember, they altered his swing last June not this offseason.

    • BT

      In his 3rd season, at age 23, at the end of July (around 200 ab’s because of injury) Troy Tulowitzki was hitting .234. Things happen.

      • Kyle

        His sub .200 BABIPs through June had a lot to do with that. Castro doesn’t have that excuse.

        • BT

          Crappy BABIP doesn’t account for the fact that he was hitting .161 as of July 4th, before he went on a tear (20 for 41) to bring his average UP to .234. The point is players of all skill levels are capable of prolonged, even horrific slumps.

      • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

        Seems you’re also ignoring that time frame you listed, Tulo was coming off an injury.

  • Die hard

    Maybe Castro woke up to fact Cubs are paying him as if only a .250 hitter so why bother?

    • Pat

      Which other arb 1, 5 million per year players are hitting under 240? I don’t understand how you can say he is underpaid considering he barely has over three years of service time. I think he is just in a bad funk right now, but if you need to attribute it to something I think you have to put “attempting to change his approach” and “just got paid” as more viable reasons than being underpaid. I’m more stunned every day though that they seem to refuse to give him a day off.

      • Die hard

        Yea– I have been beating that dead horse since Marlins 4th game

  • Tyron

    Mine as well start fireing the manager an the
    Rest of em start frest before we sell off

    • TWC

      Worst. Haiku. Ever.

  • fromthemitten

    I had three hits today in my softball game. I outscored the entire Cubs lineup by myself (3 runs 2 rbi) jeez louise

    • fromthemitten

      Die hard would have been very proud of my belly fire I showed on the field today

  • http://It'searly Mike F

    Expectations are self-driven for fans. I argued last year, Castro was not HOF or close material nor was he Jeter and lots of posters came out of their shoes. To me nothing has changed other than his approach has been toyed with. His ceiling is quite likely a less powerful Aramis Ramirez and maybe not as strong a clutch hitter, little more plus defender with slightly better range. His floor may be lower than Hanley Ramirez.

    Theo may well have made a major mistake trying to rework his offensive approach. It’s a lot football coaches who rework punters and kickers. If you don’t like their approach get rid of them. As for me, I think Castro is one of the most overrated talents in all baseball. He is a talent, but he has a lot lower floor than all the rhetoric. But demanding the firing of Sveum makes it all easier, than admitting the problem could be Castro. I think Theo has and has always been rumored to have a bigger micro role and style than most want to admit. So I don’t see the purpose of making an example of Sveum. I’m a Theo guy, but I think if you really want to remake Castro, its time to just cut bait and trade him before you screw him up anymore. If Lou and the Quady got better than 300 from him, 238 and falling like a rock raises huge questions about FO wanting to change mechanics and approaches.

    • BT

      Castro is 23. Maybe we shouldn’t close the book on him just yet.

      • Geo

        Yes close the book on him, he has mental focus problems. Maybe he knows geovany soto’s dealer.Time to close the book & get something valuable in return before the last page of the book is read & it’s to late.

  • jt

    Entering today’s game The Cubs were 5th in NL SLG.
    The Cubs were 11 NL hits. Since hits count in SLG… well you figure it out.
    The Cubs were tied for last in NL BB.
    The Cubs were 11th in OPS+
    The consensus here was that sac bunts were bad because outs are expensive.
    Well, The Cubs are 12th in OBP.
    Basically, The Cubs have had enough power. The Cubs have not been able to overcome a bad BP because they haven’t been able to “keep the line moving” offensively.

  • http://vdcinc.biz 70’scub

    What I saw today was a team trying to work counts when the opposing starter was throwing first pitch strikes. 0-1, 0-2 counts = 240ish hitters some game planning is needed to mix it up. Castro and Rizzo are the only current players I’d have management work with in terms of changing their hitting approach at the MLB level. In fact last year Rizzo went back to AAA. Castro will be fine I would move him back to 2nd in the order or 5th. The catcher, 2nd, 3rd are marginal prospects who can’t change at this level. The out field is filled with 4th outfield/ double switch types not worth changing any of their approaches. The rest of the real organization talent is making strides at the minor league level.

  • Geo

    Don’t they have video in the clubhouse in between at bats so that they can study pitchers approach to them so that they could adjust???

    • BT


  • Geo

    This is one of the only teams in the league , with players who sit on a 88,89,90,91 fastball & whif & make all opposing team mediocre pitchers seem like cy young. I’m getting sick & tired of sveum defending them & talking up the opposing teams pitchers effort.

    • BT

      Exactly. We’d be so much better if Sveum would just tell everyone they suck, right? I think most of the guys don’t get hits because they think they are too good.

    • Voice of Reason

      This is a bad team, don’t you get it? There is nothing the coach can do. It would be like having a bunch of 15 year old kids on the roster and wondering why they aren’t performing and trying to make adjustments to make them hit the ball. Its just not happening.

      The lineup from top to bottom could be the worst in team history.

      Management is just buying time until some young kids are ready to step in.

      This year isn’t about winning games. Its about developing the minor league kids to get them ready to cone to Chicago.

      • Timothy Scarbrough
        • Timothy Scarbrough

          Their highest bWAR was 1.7 for Warren Morris. Jeff Samardzija is already up to 1.9. I love looking at statistics for that team, they were just so remarkably terrible.

          • Timothy Scarbrough

            They didn’t have an ERA below 4.67 or an ERA+ above 92 for their starting pitchers.

  • Oswego chris

    Wow…I know only a few of u guys like hockey, but that might have been the most exciting sporting event I have seen…

    • cubchymyst

      It was great, especially since it ended with a Hawks win. There was several times I thought the Hawks were going to lose with the puck bouncing around the net.

    • Dynastyin2017

      Awe inspiring. All the respect to the players on both teams. I’m exhausted, and all I did was sit on the couch and watch it.

    • YourResidentJag

      It was awesome.

    • King Jeff

      ..and that was only game 1!