Castro is Ready

It’s been a few days since my last post and sure enough, there’s been quite a bit of news and happenings.

Randy Wells is the fourth starter, Johnson’s made the Opening Day roster, Castro is ready and so is Robert Redford.

First of all, let’s talk about Starlin Castro.  Sophomore Jinx and Starlin Castro probably won’t be in the same sentence.  Although, I’m jinxing it by saying it.  He’s had an outstanding preseason.  Yeah, he’s made some errors but he’s batting .351 this spring so yeah, he’s ready to go!

Yesterday he had a great game against the Mariners, hitting a three run double.

It’s a “Natural” to have Robert Redford throw out the opening pitch seeing he knocked out the Wrigley scoreboard.

I’m glad Randy Wells made the line up.  He’s pitched hard. 

Hey, what about Reed Johnson?  Arguably the best pick up the Cubs made in the off season, now before everyone says,”What?” Matt Garza and Carlos Pena excluded.

Reed Johnson is the best bang for your buck player in baseball.  I’m not making any bold predictions, but Starlin Castro and Reed Johnson are going to be two reasons why the Cubs will be in the post season this year.

now you can say,”What?”

—Mark Gauthier

 

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6 comments

  1. southernbelle · March 26, 2011

    Mark: From the little I saw/heard of Starlin Castro, I think he’s too good to have a sophomore slump. If he can carry his hot hitting into the regular season and gets off to a nice start, he’ll probably forget all about “sophomore slumps.”
    -Virginia
    http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

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  2. The Cub Den · March 27, 2011

    I really think that if he keeps up, he can compete for an MVP this year.

    —Mark

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  3. redstatebluestate · March 27, 2011

    I think Castro has star power for sure. Even if he does slump a bit this season, he still will rebound. He has that love for the game you can read on his face. It’s refreshing.
    –Jeff
    http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

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  4. raysrenegade · March 27, 2011

    Mark,
    In the middle of 2010 I was seeking a shortstop for my Fantasy squad and the Cubs just brought up this Rookie with a nice minor league pedigree. Popped him on my roster and immediately he showed dividends and unexpected points.
    Sophomore slumps happen. Not becuase pitchers figure out the hitter, but sometimes the pressure and the Hitting Coach begin to make players change what got them to “The Show” in the first place.
    LOngoria went through a small segment of that before he figured it out then exploded from the gates. As long as Castro has faith in himself and doesn’t change because of a small slump, he will evolve and become the guy your team has seeked for years up the middle…Seriously.

    Rays Renegade
    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

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  5. The Cub Den · March 27, 2011

    Starlin Castro had an incredible rookie year and I’m kind of glad that he didn’t win rookie of the year award because the pressure is off. You’re right though in saying he could be the one the Cubs have been looking for in a long time. I’d even go out on a limb and say that he might be up there with some of the Cubs greats. Of course, it’s just his second year, but if he keeps his nose clean and plays well, his name will be flying with the rest of the legends years to come.
    —Mark

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  6. blithescribe · March 28, 2011

    Starlin Castro is amazing. I don’t think you need to worry about jinxing a player like that. He’s talented, he loves to play and he’s just plain fun to watch.
    Kristen
    This is a very simple game…

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