4/6 Castro hits 6th; hopes for RBI chances
Starlin Castro has batted second and third so far this season, but on Sunday, Cubs manager Rick Renteria dropped the shortstop to the sixth spot in hopes the shortstop could drive in some runs. The Cubs entered Sunday’s game 4-for-40 with runners in scoring position in their first five games.
“It’s good, because we haven’t scored any runs,” Castro said of the switch. “That’s why I’m going to try to do something to get some more runs. It’s good. I feel good. That’s a RBI position. Maybe we’ll have men on base in scoring position.”
Renteria also wanted to take advantage of Castro’s .409 average against Phillies starter A.J. Burnett. The Cubs shortstop is 9-for-22 in his career against the right-hander.
“Maybe we’ll have a lot of guys on base and we’ll see if [Castro] can go ahead and put himself in a position to drive in runs,” Renteria said.
The Cubs manager didn’t talk to Castro before posting the lineup.
“He’s not a guy I worry about,” Renteria said.
Castro understood the switch.
“We haven’t scored runs,” Castro said. “I take [batting sixth] in a good way. We’ve left a lot of people in scoring position. I know Ricky is trying to do something.”
– Carrie Muskat