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Rest Over All-Star Break Could Be Season-Changer For Starlin Castro

Starlin Castro hands his head

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Love him or hate him, Starlin Castro has been an absolute gamer for the Chicago Cubs.

The 23-year-old shortstop went into Friday’s game versus the St. Louis Cardinals leading the national league in at bats with 375 and Castro has played with his heart on his sleeve since first getting the starting job in 2010. With that being said, the beating that Castro has been forced to take throughout his career is noticeable as he looks lost at the plate with a .237 batting average so far this season.

Here’s to hoping that some rest over the 2013 All-Star break will get No. 13 back to the NL MVP candidate that he was in 2011.

While it may seem a little far-fetched, this time off for Castro could easily be something that changes the way Chicago looks at its starting shortstop. In the last three seasons that Castro has been at the MLB level, he’s missed a total of five games! Players always complain about the toll that playing in the dog days of summer puts on one’s body, but Cubs fans have seen No. 13 take the diamond more than they have seen any one else in the last three years.

Believe it or not, this is the first time since Castro’s rookie campaign that he has been able to even take an “All-Star break” — Starlin was named to the 2011 and 2012 NL All-Star teams where he was a combined 0-2 at the plate.

Castro is said to be spending his break time in his native Dominican Republic, so maybe a bit of home cooking can help No. 13 get back to the All-Star player he was prior to 2013.