Castro Set to Join Illustrious 200 Hit, 21-and-Under Club
Unless Starlin Castro goes 0 for the rest of the season, he'll get his 200th hit sometime over the next 6 games and when he does, he'll be the 10th such major league to do it before their age 22 season.
That's 4 Hall-of-Famers, 1 if-they-ignore-the-steroids-Hall-of-Famer, 2 guys whose careers were deflated by World War II (Trosky and Lewis), and 2 guys with very solid and long major league careers (Pinson and Templeton). The only shortstops of the group are A-Rod and Templeton and well, no one is comparing Castro to A-Rod. And I don't think too many people are comparing him to Templeton either, whom I remember as more of a slap-hitting switch-htter whose bad knees got the better of him. Nonetheless, it wouldn't be a terrible career for Castro if he ended up north of 2000 hits and a few All-Star selections, although we are all certainly expecting more.
For what it's worth, if you expand it to age 22 and younger, another 15 instances are added. They include repeats by Pinson, A-Rod, Waner, Cobb and Dimaggio. Then add 6 more Hall of Famers (Stan Musial, Cal Ripken Jr., Freddie Lindstrom, former Cub Billy Herman, Frankie Frisch and Hank Aaron). Two more guys with very solid careers (Harvey Kuenn and Dick Allen), yet another great career interrupted by WWII (Johnny Pesky) and then one guy who took advantage of all the good players serving during the War (Dick Wakefield). So I think it's pretty safe to say that even better days are ahead for the Cubs occasionally absent-minded shortstop.
2nd in defensive WAR, NL.
6th in NL in RBI
Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.
Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.
Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.
There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!
Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.
Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.
Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.
Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.
Baez still learning
heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.
he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.
stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.
that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.
brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.