Chicago Cubs: How Starlin Castro Hitting No. 3 Impacts the Rest of the Lineup

April 12, 2012 by  

Cubs manager Dale Sveum is playing the long-ball game with Starlin Castro. 

Castro's raw power and ability to make contact at such a young age makes it easy for Sveum to challenge him in the three spot. Not only does he get more at-bats with runners on base, but he sees better pitches with the power hitters waiting behind him.

Castro has been a top-of-the-order hitter for much of his career, seeing the majority of his at-bats in Chicago in the leadoff and No. 2 spot. He has had success there too, so much that the Cubs brass view him as
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