8/8 Castro’s struggles
The crowd was so quiet at Tuesday’s Cubs-Padres game that it was easy to hear Starlin Castro slam his batting helmet in the dugout after flying out in the sixth. He has two hits in his last 28 at-bats, and vowed Wednesday will be different.
“Until he’s willing to make some adjustments, it’s going to be a constant battle to be consistent hitter,” Dale Sveum said of Castro, who led the National League in hits last season. “Everything’s inbetween — the leg kick, all the hand movement and everything. There has to be some adjustments to center baseballs on a consistent basis.”
“It’s very tough,” Castro said. “It’s going to be gone tomorrow, hopefully. This kind of thing never happened to me. I don’t feel too good about it. I don’t know what happened. I was aggressive at home plate.”
From the start of the season until June 10, Castro was batting .308. Since June 12, when Rudy Jaramillo was dismissed as Cubs hitting coach, Castro was batting .226.
— Carrie Muskat