To say that Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro has had a rough go as of late would be an understatement. Fortunately for his team, he broke out of it just in time to key an extra-inning victory Thursday.
Castro broke a putrid 4-for-48 (.083 average) slump by going 3-for-7 with a double, two steals and two runs scored, including the winning run in the bottom of the 14th inning. Castro began the inning with a single, stole second, advanced to third and finally scored the game-winner on Julio Borbon’s walk-off single to shallow left field.
It’s no secret that the Cubs have struggled again this year, but things weren’t going to get better with their best hitter not hitting. Castro hit in all but four games in the month of April but slowed down near the end of May and was completely lost this month until Thursday. He is a contact hitter with plenty of speed, but with just 11 walks on the year, he needs to improve his plate discipline in order to consistently hit over .300 in this league.
His slump has coincided with the struggles of Anthony Rizzo as the Cubs’ two and three hitters were a combined 7-for-66 coming into this game. While Castro showed some life, unfortunately Rizzo did not and went 0-for-5 in the loss. Maybe it will be his turn to break out for the Cubs next game. If they want to win more games, they had better hope their two best hitters start to hit on a more consistent basis.