Every Day Is Opening Day: Nick Castellanos Has Been Absurd Since the Trade to the Cubs

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Every Day Is Opening Day: Nick Castellanos Has Been Absurd Since the Trade to the Cubs

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It isn’t my intention to droll all over Nick Castellanos every day on here, but every day the dude gives us something praiseworthy.

This time, it’s a 4-4 night, including a first-inning homer to tie the game, an RBI single, and a hustle infield single that preceded Kris Bryant’s clutch homer, and gave us this moment on the bases:

The full run of Castellanos highlights from the night:

As for the question posed by @MLB’s tweet, it’s pretty hard to answer anything but yes right now. Consider what Castellanos has done in his brief time with the Cubs already:

  • In 100 games with the Tigers, Castellanos hit 11 homers. In 19 games with the Cubs, he’s already hit 8.
  • With the Tigers, he drove in 37 runs. With the Cubs, he’s already up to 12. (By the way … can someone get on base for this guy?)
  • The batting lines and wRC+ are obviously ridiculous: Tigers (.273/.328/.462, 105), Cubs (.392/.429/.785, 207).
  • He totaled 0.8 WAR with the Tigers. He’s already at 1.2 WAR with the Cubs.
  • His 207 wRC+ since the Trade Deadline is 9th best in baseball … and no one ahead of him has as many as his 84 plate appearances.
  • In terms of runs created (wRC), Castellanos’ 23 runs created since the deadline is third in baseball, tops in the NL.

(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.