Chicago Cubs Rumors: Starlin Castro Miscast in Heart of Lineup

July 5, 2011 by  

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has 110 hits this season, having played 84 of the team's 86 games. Of those 110 hits, 31 have come in the leadoff role, 34 during contests in which Castro batted second and 39 while the first-time All-Star was batting third.

That may seem a fair distribution. It is not. Castro has batted third some 41 times as of Monday, and after an 0-for-5 performance on Independence Day, he needs to be liberated from the pressure cooker of that spot at the heart of the Cubs' batting order. His hits in that slot have come in 183 plate appearances.

Batting from the top of the lineup, Castro has 185 plate appearances and 65 hits, or...

Read Complete Article at Bleacher Report - Chicago Cubs
Article is property of


Feel free to leave a comment...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!