6/10 Castro stays in lineup
On Saturday, Dale Sveum said he was considering giving struggling Starlin Castro a day off but the Cubs manager has yet to do so. Castro entered Monday’s game hitless in his last three games and riding a 3-for-38 stretch. Why not give Castro a day?
“I just can’t pull the trigger on it,” Sveum said Monday.
The decision has nothing to do with Castro’s consecutive games played streak of 256, which is longest in the National League.
“If I do it, somebody’s not going to talk me out of it because of a streak involved,” Sveum said. “I don’t think we’re getting a Cal Ripken streak.”
Castro was batting .243 overall, and has had a tough time against left-handers, batting .207.
“He’s still a fixture in our lineup,” Sveum said of Castro, who began this season with a career .297 average. “It’s not that other guys aren’t capable of [playing shortstop], but he’s still a threat in our lineup. At this point right now, I can’t seem to get myself to have enough reasons to do it other than the guy is in a slump. We’re still out here trying to win bb games.”
Castro took early batting practice on Monday for the second straight day, working on the field with hitting coach James Rowson. Has Sveum seen progress?
“I don’t see any of the things that I’d like to see changed being changed,” Sveum said of Castro. “The timing and mechanics jsut aren’t changing enough to center a baseball consistently.”
— Carrie Muskat