It seems that Starlin Castro and Dale Sveum can't escape the spotlight. One day after batting 8th, Sveum has put Castro in the leadoff spot.
Here are some other news and notes...
- It's social media night and though I kind of planned on going, and was reminded several times about it, I just never got around to it. That an error on Arguello for those of you scoring at home.
- I enjoyed this article by Gabe Kapler becaue it's close to my own opinion on PEDs. It's a well-balanced, thoughtful piece and if I were going to write on the subject, it would be something like this -- well, except for the part about having played major league baseball.
- If you're still in Starlin Castro/Dale Sveum mode, Julie DiCaro has an interesting take on the subject, as well as here thoughts on what it's like to be Starlin Castro.
- According to Fangraphs, Pedro Strop has the 4th most unhittable pitch in baseball and it's that nasty slider, which gets contact just 44.3% of the time. Only Danny Farquhar's curveball, Jordan Walden's slider, and Aroldis Chapman's slider miss more bats.
- A reminder that we will be meeting at Bernie's at 10:00 AM before the Baseball Factory/Under Armour All-Star Game. We won't be there long because the HR derby is at 11:35, shortly after the gates open. I don't want to miss that. And...if you're thinking that you'd like to go now that the Cubs are closing in on the 4th pick and want to get a peek at players like Alex Jackson, then I will bring some extra tickets to the game to give away. I have around 10-15 tickets left for those interested but I'm no longer mailing them out.
- Castro ss
- Rizzo !B
- Lake LF
- Schierholtz RF
- Murphy 3B
- Bogusevic LF
- Barney 2B
- Castillo C
- Arrieta SP
Felzz: Starlin Castro. I don't care how much water the ship is taking on, I'm STAYING!!!!! I think this is an excellent move by Sveum. Hopefully Castro and Rizzo reward Sveum with a great performance...
John: As mentioned earlier today, Jake Arrieta is one of the reasons I'm excited about Cubs baseball down the stretch. Can he keep throwing strikes? If he does, we should see a lot more whiffs and weakly hit baseballs tonight. Like the lineup too and I hope the combo of good pitching and a reformulated lineup makes the difference.
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