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Starlin Castro snaps 269-game consecutive starts streak

Jun 25, 2013, 6:22 PM EDT

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Cal Ripken Jr. can go ahead and pop some bubbly.

As noted by’s Carrie Muskat, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Brewers. It is the first time he’s been absent from Chicago’s order in the last 269 games, which was the longest active consecutive starts streak in the National League.

Castro is batting .228/.264/.318 with three home runs and 24 RBI in 326 plate appearances this season for the Cubs. He hit .283/.323/.430 with 14 homers in 2012 and .307/.341/.432 with 10 homers in 2011.

Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder is baseball’s active “Iron Man” with 416 straight starts.

  1. yahmule - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    They should snap it for about a week.

  2. sleepyirv - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Castro obviously could use the break. Which makes it confusing that they haven’t rested him sooner.

  3. jerze2387 - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Now if he could only snap the streak of 519 games of underperforming, mental lapses, and immaturity, maybe itd help the cubs snap the 100 plus year streak of being terrible. At the very least, citing the stats “.228/.264/.318 with three home runs and 24 RBI in 326 plate appearances this season for the Cubs. He hit .283/.323/.430 with 14 homers in 2012 and .307/.341/.432 with 10 homers in 2011”, itd be nice if he could snap the 3 year streak of steady decline.

    • cubsfan101 - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      I’m sorry, 519 games of underperforming? The guys has been an offensive juggernaut since he was drafted, with this being his first taste of failure. He is prone to mental lapses, but the guy is on pace to have 3000 hits by the end of his career. This is obviously a bad stretch that he’s in, but i’ll take him way before I take most other shortstops

      • jerze2387 - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:21 PM

        Hes average, at best. 10 hrs and 14 hrs, and a BA that’s steadily declining into the 2’s could be provided by any number of SS. Castros ranks last year among SS:

        10th in R’s
        11th in HRs
        7th in XBH
        2nd RBIs
        10th in GDIP
        13th in Ks
        1st (by 8!) in Errors

        He compares, statistically, to Danny Espinosa. that screams average. 10th, 11th, 13th…that’s all literally mid pack. The kid is an average SS. He gets held on another level, but hes really not. Hes not a young Hanley, Hell, right now hes not even Ian Desmond. Im just saying hes way overrated

  4. yahmule - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    The second coming of Garry Templeton.

    • philliesblow - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      So the Cubs will trade him for the second coming of Ozzie Smith?

      • yahmule - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        The Cubs don’t trade for Hall of Famers. They send them off the other direction.

      • deepstblu - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:23 AM

        You’ve forgotten Fergie and Ryno already? Phillies fans haven’t.

  5. bigmeechy74 - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    He is terrible. His best seasons are behind him. He peaked early and got paid. Meanwhile, business as usual for the Cubs. Nothing ever works out for them.

    • cubsfan101 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      He’s 23, so its only logical to say his best years are behind him

      • bigmeechy74 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        Your name is “cubsfan101” and you are still this blissfully naive about the way things happen with this organization? Have you not noticed he has gotten progressively worse the last couple years and he is completely lost in his approach? Do you really think he will turn this around and continue to get better and develop in to a perennial all star? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  6. aceshigh11 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Speaking of Castros and their streaks…how about that Fidel, eh?

    Over 50 years now…eh? AMIRITE…OR…AMIRITE?

    And what’s the deal with airplane peanuts?

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      Hey speaking of Fidel, I wonder if he has ever been accused of infidelity? Amirite brah?

  7. riverace19 - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Perhaps the most overrated baseball player in the game. Hard to watch. Cancer for the Cubs

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    • dexterismyhero - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Go away…………..Dew, can’t you stop these idiots?

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