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Cubs Miserable 1-Win Road Trip Ends with Frustrating 5-3 Loss to Reds

Posted on 10 May 2010 by Lou

The weekend started off on a high note as Starlin Castro led the Cubs to an exciting 14-7 over the Reds on Friday night.  But just as quickly as every Cubs had an extra skip in their step on Saturday morning, those skips quickly turned to heavy thuds as the Cubs lost to the Reds 14-2 on Saturday and then 5-3 on Sunday.  The Cubs won only 1 game on the 6 game road trip through Pittsburgh and Cincinnati and they are now at the bottom of the pile in the weak National League.  The Cubs are 14-18, 1/2 game better than the Atlanta Braves and 3.5 games better than the Houston Astros.  Both those teams have beaten the Cubs in 3-game series this season already, so it might not be long before we hit the cellar.

On Saturday, after the Cubs battled back to cut an early Reds lead to 3-2 in the top of the 7th inning, the Cubs bullpen blew it for the team.

On Sunday, Ryan Dempster pitched well for 6 innings and the Cubs even took the lead in the top of the 7th on Tyler Colvin’s 2-run home run to right field.  But Dempster couldn’t close the deal for a 3rd straight start as he ran into trouble in the bottom of the inning.  Dempster gave up a double and single, but was able to record 2 outs to get “close” to getting out of the jam.  But he served up a game-winning 3-run home run to Joey Votto and the Cubs lost for the 5th time in 6 games.

The Cubs hobble back home to Wrigley Field to take on the Florida Marlins for 3 games.  The Friendly Confines should sure be hopping as Styarlin Castro makes his Wrigley Field debut starting at shortstop and batting 8th.  Can’t wait…

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Ryan Theriot Possibly Moving to 2nd Base?

Posted on 30 November 2009 by Lou

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With the emergence of top shortstop prospect Starlin Castro, rumors are swirling that Ryan Theriot could move to 2nd base to make room for Castro at shortstop.  Theriot did play 2nd base at the major league during the 2007 MLB season.  Theriot played 37 games at 2nd base that season.

I find it hard to believe that the 19-year old Castro is ready to make the jump to the big leagues already.  Castro split time at Class-A and Double-A in 2009 and also played in the Arizona Fall League this October/November.  Although he has risen through the Cubs minor league ranks very quickly, I think it would be a good idea to keep this guy in the minors for at least another season.

Jeff Baker and Mike Fontenot are both arbitration-eligible and hopefully GM Jim Hendry can figure out a way to keep both players on the roster in 2010.  They can platoon, or one of them can be a consistent bench player, and then we can look to 2011 to bring up the Castro sensation.

On a positive note, at least Theriot seems willing to make the switch to 2nd base if the organization asks him to.  He has already started working on 2nd base drills and seems ready to move over to 2nd base if the Cubs think that Castro is ready to make the jump to the bigs.  We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything further…

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