Chicago Cubs shortstop, Starlin Castro is making a strong statement through his play as the 2014 season enters its final weeks. We discussed last week how Castro is poised for a strong finish, but this past week he has proven that he can put up more than just numbers.
After returning from the bereavement list on August 26th, Castro made a critical mental error in not running out a possible extra-base hit off the centerfield wall in the Cubs’ loss to the Cincinnati Reds on August 27th. Mental lapses like this one have plagued Castro since he broke into the big leagues, but since that night Castro has recorded a hit in every game he’s played in and has gone 9-23 (.391). Additionally, Starlin Castro has been carrying the team since Anthony Rizzo injured his back on August 26th. Since Rizzo went down, Castor boasts an eight-game hit steak, three home runs and a .387 batting average.
Starlin Castro knows that, even at just 24 years old, he is one of the leaders of this Cubs team. He knows that all of the younger players are watching him and he has vowed to set a great example for those kids, per an article by Carrie Muskat, and he has come through on his promise.
As mentioned in today’s Fact Pack, the Chicago Cubs are 49-51 in their last 100 games, which is a huge improvement over the results that we have seen over the last 3 years. The only thing more exciting that Starlin Castro’s individual play is seeing him contributing to the success of the team, and put W’s on board.
According to ESPN.com Starlin Castro hit .378 in the month of July, is 2-4 in September and is hitting .407 (22-54) against the Milwaukee Brewers this season. All signs point to a bright immediate and long-term future for this kid and we’re glad to have him on our side!
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