Enhanced Box Score: Nationals 5, Cubs 4 – August 22, 2013

The Cubs pulled out the magic comeback against Stephen Strasburg late, which is swell, but didn’t pull it out in extra innings. Is that better than just losing 4-0?

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33 responses to “Enhanced Box Score: Nationals 5, Cubs 4 – August 22, 2013”

  1. StillCubsFan

    Castro just cant stop the free fall…3K’s 2 caught stealing and an error…kinda feel bad for the guy at this point. Hopefully he’ll learn from this season.

    1. Austin5596

      Yea. He doesn’t seem right at all, neither mentally nor physically

  2. vitaminB

    I thought for sure, Ace, you were going to point out the 0-11 by the faces of the franchise.

  3. Aaron

    I’m coming to believe that Castro and Rizzo may not be “big market” players that can handle the stress of playing on a big stage and carrying a team on their shoulders if needed. One stat that shows this is RISP.

    I understand they’re both young and this could develop over time as they mature. However, they may never end up being franchise players needed to win a championship for the Cubs. Only time will tell.

    1. Jackalope

      Weak sauce. RISP is a small sample size nearly meaningless stat.

      Rizzo’s having a fine year showing plenty of patience and power. When his BABIP normalizes next year, he’ll be fine.

      Did Castro mysteriously lose his “big stage” ability after possessing it the last few seasons?

      1. Spoda17

        I think Castro flourished when he was protected and under the radar… now that he’s “the guy…” He has not responded he’s regressed. I hope he rights the ship.

        1. Jackalope

          He has been essentially the best player on the team ever since his call up in 2010.

      2. pj

        I’m all for being patient with Rizzo. He may indeed break out and flourish, but don’t tell me he’s having a “fine year”.

        Here is what a fine year looks like from a 24 year old corner infielder…

        Ron Santo, 1964: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CHC/1964.shtml

        Bill Madlock: 1975: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CHC/1975.shtml

        Leon Durham: 1982: http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CHC/1982.shtml

        1. mjhurdle

          great point.
          A Hall of Famer and a couple other guys had great years at 24, so the fact that Rizzo isn’t hitting .354 like Madlock really shows how bad he is…

          1. pj

            If I had written that Rizzo is bad and has no worth going forward you might have a point.

            I wrote that he is not having a fine year, especially for a #3 hitter who has been touted as a key piece of the future.

            He’s hitting .229. He’s dead last among players with 100 AB with RISP. That’s not a “fine year” for a highly valued player.

    2. Rizzofanclub

      You realize Castro is just 23 and Rizzo is 24 years old right? Castro and Rizzo are not the Cubs problems, just give them time. I think its funny how ppl on message boards figure out players problems but our front office(some of the smartest baseball minds in the game) gave these two players extensions for a reason. Even if Castro bounces back but never turns into a all star every year his contract is still a great deal for a player during his “peak years”

      1. Adventurecizin' Justin

        I think we will see the best of Castro, Rizzo, & Shark once there is a formidable lineup/team around them.

        1. Blublud

          I don’t thinks that the problem with any of them. As for Castro and Rizzo, they are still young. I’m not really worried about Rizzo at all. Castro problem may be that he is thinking to much. He’s going through some changes. Once his changes become instinct, and he learns when to agressive and when to be patient, I think he will be even more dominant then he was. I still think he has the ability to hit 20-25 HR. Shark is fine. I don’t know if he is an ace or not, but he still has great stuff, and even this year, he has been pretty good.

  4. TSB

    If Baez doesn’t win the triple crown in his first two seasons in the bigs, I bet someone will say ” Baez may not be the โ€œbig marketโ€ player that can handle the stress of playing on a big stage and carrying a team on his shoulders.”

    1. Blublud

      I see what you did there. I like it.

    2. Jackalope

      Yeah, Rock Shoulders is far more capable of this.

  5. Soda Popinski

    Does anybody know when Almora will be back?

    1. Mr. B. Patient

      It’s being reported that Almora is done for the year and Skulina and Zastryzny have been put on KC’s DL.

    2. Jackalope

      Anyone have a BP subscription? I’d like to hear what they have to say about Almora in today’s Eyewitness Accounts.

  6. Brian Peters

    Don’t know if this has been mentioned, but mlb network radio spent a good amount discussing castro’s problems this year. Basically, it comes down to the new “take first” policy implemented by the Cubs front office. While I agree that Cubs hitters need to be more patient across the board, you can’t go around changing batters’ hitting style, especially if the player had done so well the previous year. This year was supposed to be Castro’s breakout season…guess we’ll have to see if/how Castro comea back next year.

    1. cubchymyst

      I don’t believe the front office instituted at “take first” policy. They want batters to be selective aggressive. Castro problem looks like he get uncomfortable once he has two strikes and so he does better swinging earlier in the counts. Basically he simply needs to be aggressive and has problem with being selective. Next season I think Castro goes back to swinging earlier and a slight increase over his career walk rate. I’m thinking that the he might lay off a few more pitches next year even as he goes back to his old way due to this year experience.

    2. Feeney

      Actually, you can go around changing players. That’s what coaches are paid for and the front office is actually the group in charge of making decisions like what kind of ball club they want. The FO knows that OBP and slugging are two huge factors in winning baseball games. If Castro can’t find a way to adjust his game and approach and be successful then he will eventually be replaced by someone who can.

    3. Kevin

      Well said Brian! Not everyone responds the same being forced to change their game. Good baseball people should be able to see this right away. Every player is unique and should be treated a such.

  7. cub1

    Why is Travis Wood batting ninth? He hits better than half the lineup.

  8. Ferris

    0-11 w 5 k’s is disturbing, young or not both far to inconsistant….at least rizzo will walk…castro is forcing everything he needs to relax an let it xome to him, i think hes reading the minor league report…sweating baez. .we are deep at both positions also

  9. Die hard

    2 things this am exemplify the FO short sighted Loch Ness monster ๐Ÿธ–Phillies are playing harder for Ryno and Cubs 4th OF is back up in the bigs to help AZ take pennant– ๐ŸŽŒwould be fitting for Tony C to steal home plate to win 7th game of WS๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽˆ

    1. Chad

      Yeah, if the cubs would’ve hired Ryno and kept Tony C they’d be playing for the pennant right now. That is even a bad troll job for you DH.

  10. fortyonenorth

    Castro’s only problem is that he quit chewing sunflower seeds. You can trace his slump to the point earlier this season when they disappeared from his on-field repertoire. Bring back the old habit–you’ll get the “old” Starlin.

    1. Ian Afterbirth

      Oh please no.

  11. On The Farm

    I was talking with my friend last night and we were watching in the 12th and I said that I almost hope Watkins doesn’t end up pinch hitting for Villanueva here because if Washington can get to Bowden this game is over.

    So sorry I jinxed him and am the reason the Cubs wound up on the losing end. My bad.

  12. George Jetson

    Travis Wood with pretty much identical line as Strasburg. Who would have thought after his start?

  13. ruby2626

    4.81 ERA per enhanced box score for Strop, pretty high seeing that he has scoreless appearances in something like 21 of 22 times out. He did let up 5 his one bad outing but ERA should be 2.18, typo.

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