10/1 Castro’s hot streak

Starlin Castro will tie the single-season franchise mark of 160 games played at shortstop with his start Monday night. The mark was set by Ivan DeJesus in both 1978 and 1979. Monday’s game will mark Castro’s 159th start at shortstop this year, surpassing the single-season franchise mark of 158 starts at shortstop set by DeJesus (1978) and Don Kessinger (1968). Castro aims to become the first player in franchise history to play in all 162 games at shortstop.

Castro looks to become the first Cubs infielder to make at least 161 starts at a single position since Bill Buckner at first base in 1982. The last Cubs infielder to appear in all 162 games was Hall of Famer Ron Santo in 1968.

Only three players in the big leagues have played 162 games at shortstop during the last 10 seasons: Baltimore’s Miguel Tejada (2003 and 2004), Montreal’s Orlando Cabrera (2003) and Philadelphia’s Jimmy Rollins (2007).

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Castro enters the game having appeared in 193-consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NL and the second-longest active run in all of baseball, trailing only Detroit’s Prince Fielder (340 entering Monday’s action).


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