Castro happy to stay with #Cubs; collects 2 RBI

As much as Starlin Castro tried to tune out all the rumors leading up to the Trade Deadline, it wasn’t easy. He got frustrated and had to reprimand some family members who called to ask about the gossip.

“I didn’t really watch TV or watch rumors,” Castro said after driving in two runs in the Cubs’ 4-1 victory Friday night over the Brewers. “Sometimes people, even family, would call me and tell me, ‘We see you in the news,’ and I say, ‘Don’t call me for that.’

“I don’t even use my Instagram any more,” Castro said. “[If I did], maybe the fans would text me or something, ‘Hey, you might be traded.’ I don’t want to see this. It’s over now. I just have to keep fighting in there and try to finish strong.”

Manager Joe Maddon had tried to get the shortstop to relax earlier this week, telling him that he wasn’t sitting on Wednesday because of a potential deal. Now that the deadline has passed, Maddon noticed a difference.

“More than anything, I thought Starlin was more relaxed,” Maddon said. “I noticed that pre-game.”

Castro delivered a game-tying RBI single in the second. In the fourth, Anthony Rizzo scored from third when Castro hit into a fielder’s choice. It was his 11th multi-RBI game of the season.

All he needs to do now is take a deep breath.

“That’s the kind of thing that kills me — I go too fast,” Castro said of his at-bats. “I can’t even breathe. That’s what I try to do now is go in there, pitch by pitch. Don’t try to do too much with one pitch. They have to throw me one pitch to hit. I just go in there to hit and try to put the ball in play.”

Last season, Castro batted .378 in August. Maddon would love to see that again this year.

“Things can change in one month,” Castro said. “In one month, the season can be great. I have to keep positive, keep fighting.”

— Carrie Muskat

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He may be happy, but I wonder if the Cubs` fans were polled if the majority would say they are happy.

Aloha jhosk, I wonder if Castro’s name was part of a deal that fell through and thus the FO said to Madden, tell him he is not being traded. Carrie reported that two unnamed players they tried to get in the end were not moved at all, could that have been Kimbrel? Many are still amazed that the Padres did not move more players before the deadline. Hunter is a short term rental, so in the near future a closer is still needed. Hope they can continue their winning ways today. Mahalo! PS: The wife and Giants fans sure love their Brandons (Crawford & Belt)!

I absolutely believe Kimbrel was one of those guys, k.g., and yes, you are smart to speculate that Starlin could very well have been part of such a deal, notwithstanding the skipper`s assurances to the shortstop. {We`ll never know about that.} The Yankees and Astros also coveted Kimbrel, but for whatever reason, the Friars declined to deal. If it was because they feel they have a legit shot at a playoff slot, I suggest they are foolish. My original point is there are reasons why we are 10.5 games behind the Cardinals, and 5 games behind the Pirates in the standings entering today`s activity. We are not as good as those clubs. How do we get better? Find better players. According to Fangraphs, Starlin Castro is the worst shortstop in the majors. His metrics tell us that. Is our pitching a culprit also? Absolutely it is. Baseball is not complicated. Fix these things.

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