6/8 Castro’s struggles
Starlin Castro started his 255th consecutive game on Saturday but Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he’s considering giving the shortstop a day off in hopes of getting him back on track offensively. Castro was batting .250 entering Saturday’s game, and was batting seventh in the order for the fourth straight game after hitting second most of the season.
“It’s an everyday battle right now,” Sveum said of the two-time All-Star. “He’s a cutter and slasher [type hitter], who’s going to swing the bat. I’d like to see him back to where he was in 2010 and 2011 when there was a lot less movement going on. He thinks it’s the same mechanics, but they’re not the same mechanics from when he came up. It might look the same but there’s way more movement going on.”
In 2010, Castro batted .300 and followed that with a .307 season and 207 hits. But because he’s had success so early, it’s been a little tough to get Castro to make adjustments. The problem, Sveum said, is that there’s too much movement in Castro’s swing.
Castro’s current consecutive games streak is the longest in the National League. Has Sveum considered giving the shortstop a day?
“It’s getting closer,” Sveum said. “I’m thinking about it more, I should say.”
— Carrie Muskat