Starlin Castro SS CHC 4 weeks ago

Castro is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Marlins, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

This marks Castro's third absence from the lineup all season, allowing Addison Russell to start at shortstop and Jonathan Herrera at second base. Castro is having a down season for the second time in three years, but he's not in any danger of losing playing time.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 1 month ago

Castro (personal) is back in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

After the birth of his second child Thursday the Cubs' starting shortstop will return to his duties Friday against the Cardinals. He will hit sixth for the Cubs against righty John Lackey.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 1 month ago

Castro was a late scratch from Thursday's lineup, the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales reports.

He is at the hospital awaiting the birth of his second child, so there is a chance he may miss Friday's game as well. Addison Russell will get the start at shortstop and hit fifth Thursday against the Dodgers.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 2 months ago

Castro came through in the clutch Sunday, finishing 3-for-5 with the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the 11th inning of Chicago's 2-1 win over the Reds.

The 25-year-old has chipped in across the board this season and his 32 RBI help mitigate a slightly disappointing .268 batting average. Castro will see more chances to drive in runs hitting further down in the order this season but will need to hit more consistently in order to do so.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 2 months ago

Castro went 1-for-5 with his fifth home run of the season in a 5-4 loss to the Reds on Friday.

The home run, Castro's second of June, came off Reds ace Johnny Cueto and tied the game at four in the bottom of the sixth inning. Castro is striking out more and walking less than he did in 2014, but he's on pace to match his home run total from a year ago and exceed his totals in runs and RBI. The 25-year-old has already matched his stolen base total from last season (4).

Starlin Castro SS CHC 2 months ago

Castro is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Nationals.

Castro is likely just getting a breather while the Cubs send another one of their young shortstops out against Washington starter Joe Ross, who is making his MLB debut. Addison Russell will take over shortstop, while Jonathan Herrera enters the lineup and takes second base in Russell's stead.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 2 months ago

Castro went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's win over the Marlins.

Castro hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to give the Cubs a 5-1 lead. It was his fourth home run of the season to go along with a .265 average and 25 RBI. Castro has hit in multiple spots in the Cubs star studded lineup this year, and should continue to have plenty of opportunities to produce moving forward.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 3 months ago

Castro went hitless for the second straight game Monday against the Mets, striking out once and failing to reach base in four at-bats.

Castro hasn't had a multi-hit game since May 1, and only has one home run this month. In his past two games, he has three strikeouts and hasn't had an extra-base hit since April 15. So far this season, Castro's average and OPS are both down from last season, and he has a negative WAR.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 3 months ago

Castro went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI in the Cubs' win over the Pirates on Tuesday night.

Hitting from the fifth spot in the order, Castro went deep for the second time this season. He's hitting a robust .352/.375/.481 through 13 games, while a more talented lineup around him and an opportunity serve as a run producer from the middle of the batting order has put the Cubs' shortstop on pace for 125 RBI this season. While it's unlikely that he'll continue to push ahead at that clip, Castro is shaping up to a be a nice mid-round value through the early weeks of the season.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 4 months ago

Castro went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two RBI in Saturday's win over the Rockies.

Even after he was able to submit something of a bounce-back campaign in 2014, Castro's fantasy stock still seemed to be deflated a bit entering this season due to an off-field incident that occurred over the winter and perhaps more significantly, the presence of top shortstop prospect Addison Russell waiting in the wings in the minors. While Castro may indeed still be traded at some point to facilitate the arrival of Russell, he's at least been an asset thus far for those who took a chance on him in drafts. He's batting .375 and slotted in at the fifth spot in the order Saturday, an area that should remain fertile ground while the likes of Jorge Soler, Anthony Rizzo, and Miguel Montero hit ahead of him.