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

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The more they twist and tweak Castro the worse it will get. I think they need to just leave it alone for a while. He is in a slump and will either relax and get out of it or get worse with tension over it. It is obvious that he does not take instructions well and it is obvious that he has a very short attention span. I do not think either will improve any time soon. I also think management was so anxious 2years ago to have anything or anyone to rave about that they used Castro as “The Poster Boy” and brought him up too soon. He can no longer use age as an excuse. He has talent and ability but not enough stability to maintain.

Not so White, if he was brought up too soon he would not have had two great seasons to START his ML career. It wasn’t too soon as far as his hitting, maybe his defense. Now I believe the league has figured out his weaknesses and he will adjust or join the ranks of the Corey Pattersons and Jerome Waltons only IF this is to happen he’s taking Theo down with him because of the contract. I believe Castro is late in his maturation and it is a good thing the team can afford a year or two, giving him the time to mature by the 2015 season, Theo’s do or die season. Sveum? He could be a bigger problem than Castro as jhosk pointed out.

how is it obvious he doesn’t take instructions well? What has Castro done for you to say this?

Well said.

I see the manager`s inability to make a decision as a bigger issue than Castro`s hitting woes.

Now THAT is well said.

That Castro does not take instruction is a major problem. All I see for him is downside. Not a player – this is somebody who never be on a winning team
Hard to watch him

CASTRO RIGHT NOW NEED TO BE TOLD WHAT TO DO AT THE PLATE TAKE AWAY HIS THOUGHT PROCESS GIVE HIM INSTRUCTION ON WHAT TO DO IN EACH AT BAT MAKE HIM BUNT MAKE HIM TAKE PITCHES STOP HIM FROM HAKING AT THE FIRST PITCH WITHOUT DALE SAY SO THEY ALL NEED TO BE PUT UNDER MANAGER INSTRUCTION AT THE PLATE TO MANY SWING AT THE FIRST PITCH PLEASE HAVE THEM TO LOOK AT MORE PITCHES .DAIE TALK ABOUT BEING PATIENCE SO IT IS TIME FOR HIM TO MAKE THEM BE MORE PATIENCE

were you texting us this article carrie? Geez….. “jsut” and “bb” games….. come on now

Congrats White and Oregon State for getting to Omaha. I appreciate more than ever before how difficult it is to reach that college baseball promised land.

Omaha here we come! I couldn’t find out how Virginia did Jhosk.

Virginia was not ready for prime time this season, White. Is about pitching, as you all are tired of hearing me suggest. All these college teams which reach this stage seem to have potent offenses; it`s the ones with pitching depth which will succeed.

wow less than 2 months of a slump and you guys are writing off a young talented player…… seems smart!! O wait its noT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Castro isn’t going anywhere… maybe he needs some time off or maybe even a little stint in AAA to get his rhythm back but this kid is and will be the SS for the Cubs for the foreseeable future… you think Castro boots a lot of balls? Have you seen how many errors Baez has? Baez will be a second baseman before its all said and done so lets all take a step back and NOT FREAK OUT!!!!!!! Not to mention this kid just gave us a hometown discount over the next 8 years

That is an interesting scenario – just might work. Castro kicking balls and making errors at SS and Baez kicking balls and making errors at 2nd. We could play soccer in the infield for years to come.

well if you haven’t figured out and like I have said more than once offense trumps defense… a couple errors here or there don’t lose you enough games to devalue both these guys’ offensive production. And with time both of them could become more proficient with the glove you just aren’t going to find many that can hit like them and also have the defense to go with it… its just hard to come by…

Thanks for the info, Mamma Mia. Too bad we had to learn the hard way on this one. Looks like Stewart’s baseball career may be over unless someone wants to help him deal with his “anger on Tweet” management.

As long as Hendry has a job (ha ha ha ha) in baseball there will always be a chance for guys like Stewart. I’m sure at this very moment Hendry is putting together a deal to unite both Stewart and Milton Bradley somehow for the Yanks, vowing like an abuse girlfriend that HE can fix the men in his life….

its easy to see how much Castro has changed his mindset at the plate…his first to years in the MLB he played with reckless abandon at the plate and hit everything but that is when he viewed it as a “game”. Now he has a child and I think he is viewing it as his “job” as in what he will use to support his child(ren) in the future….therefore he is not having the “fun” factor as much anymore. did anyone see his face light up last night when he got that hit? at least it seemed that way to me… of course this is just my observation I could be way off

shutup none of that happened you liar

WEIRD!!! because Theo was quoted, ” isolated case, literally and figuratively” …. I forgot you know more than THEO our Pres of Baseball Op………. please stop making crap up!!!

Thanks for the info Mamma, nice to have somebody “close” to people in the baseball world getting some direct info. Really too bad that our new Pres and GM dropped the ball on this trade. They better make up for it with the Bryant pick, don’t you think?

This is SO much fun Mamma….you know what I mean? ;)

but he isn’t close to people in the baseball world… you are all on a great episode of MTV Catfished…. look it up thats who mamma is

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