Starlin Castro has been a huge disappointment for the Chicago Cubs in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Friday 20 September 2013 at 1:56 pm

23-year old righty swinging SS Starlin Castro was a huge disappointment in 2013 for the Cubs.  He was #5 in the voting for the N.L. Rookie of the Year in 2010 and he was an N.L. All-Star in 2011 and 2012…..so expectations were high for him this year and he let the Cubs down.  Castro has played in 152 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 152 of 629 (.242 avg, .623 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 9 homers, 41 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  Castro has now played in 597 games in his first four years with the Cubs and he is 681 of 2,412 (.282 avg, .725 OPS) with 278 runs scored, 36 homers, 226 RBIs and 66 stolen bases.  The Cubs hope that Castro rebounds in 2014 and beyond.

Anthony Rizzo is slumping big time in the second half for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 September 2013 at 6:21 am

24-year old lefty swinging 1B Anthony Rizzo is having big time issues at the plate in the second half of the 2013 season.  He has played in 57 games for the Cubs in the second half of the 2013 season and he is only 44 of 214 (.206 avg, .687 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 9 homers and 21 RBIs.  Rizzo has now played in 149 games overall this year for the Cubs and he is 128 of 563 (.227 avg, .738 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 22 homers, 75 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Despite his struggles at the plate recently, Rizzo is still leading the Cubs in runs scored (67), homers (22) and RBIs (75) in 2013.  He is a big part of the future, so the Cubs need him to finish strongly in the next two weeks and to improve in 2014.

Anthony Rizzo has been awful in August for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Thursday 30 August 2012 at 3:40 pm

23-year old lefty swinging 1B Anthony Rizzo was awesome for the Cubs in July, but the pitchers have caught up to him already. He has played in 25 games so far in August and he is 24 of 101 (.238 avg, .578 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Rizzo has now played in 56 games overall this year for the Cubs and he is 60 for 213 (.282 avg, .767 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 9 homers, 28 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The Cubs hope that Rizzo gets back on track with the bat in September.

A couple of top prospects on the Chicago Cubs are having problems so far

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Wednesday 22 August 2012 at 9:35 am

24-year old lefty swinging CF Brett Jackson and 22-year old righty swinging 3B Josh Vitters are having big time trouble with major league pitching so far this year. Jackson has played in 15 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 9 for 51 (.176 avg, .577 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. He has walked 6 times while whiffing a utterly pathetic 26 times already this year for the Cubs. Vitters has played in 12 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 5 for 41 (.122 avg, .363 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has whiffed 16 times already for the Cubs and he has yet to walk. I don’t see how letting these guys struggle so badly is going to help them down the road.

Bryan LaHair is moving to the bench for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Thursday 9 August 2012 at 9:34 am

With Brett Jackson in CF and David DeJesus moving back to RF, the Cubs have decided to make 29-year old lefty swinging 1B/RF Bryan LaHair the first player off the bench. LaHair has played in 93 games for the Cubs overall this year and he is 75 of 285 (.263 avg, .808 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 14 homers, 31 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. But, he has really been in a terrible slump since June 1st. Since June 1st, LaHair has played in 48 games in which he is 30 for 139 (.216 avg) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers, 9 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Cubs hope that LaHair can help them as a pinch hitter the rest of the year.

The Chicago Cubs will be depending on rookie catchers the rest of this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Friday 3 August 2012 at 2:17 pm

25-year old righty swinging Welington Castillo and 26-year old lefty swinging Steve Clevenger will share time behind the plate with Geovany Soto out of the picture (he was dealt to the Rangers). Castillo came into this season as the Cubs’ #6 prospect according to Baseball America. He has played in 10 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 8 for 38 (.211 avg, .689 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs. Clevenger came into this season as the Cubs’ #21 prospect according to Baseball America. Clevenger has played in 45 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 32 of 133 (.241 avg, .594 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer and 14 RBIs. The Cubs hope that Castillo and Clevenger can handle a heavier workload behind the plate the rest of this season.

The Chicago Cubs just don’t get it

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Monday 30 July 2012 at 4:55 pm

With the trade deadline coming up, the Cubs should have been showcasing 31-year old righty swinging infielder Jeff Baker. After all, 3B has been open for quite a while. Baker has played in 50 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 33 of 122 (.270 avg, .761 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers, 19 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Instead though, the Cubs have been playing 26-year old lefty Luis Valbuena the most at 3B. Valbuena has played in 38 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 24 of 121 (.198 avg, .596 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 3 homers and 18 RBIs. I’m willing to bet no team calls the Cubs about Valbuena in the next couple of days.

Starlin Castro has been ice cold at the plate lately for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Tuesday 17 July 2012 at 11:04 pm

22-year old righty swinging shortstop Starlin Castro has had a rough time so far in July for the Cubs. He has played in 11 games so far in July and he is only 7 of 41 (.171 avg, .471 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs. Castro has now played in 88 games so far this year for the Cubs and he is 101 of 356 (.284 avg, .719 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 7 homers, 44 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. Castro is a big part of the Cubs’ future so they need him to pick the pace back up with the bat in his hands.

Geovany Soto needs to get going at the plate for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster,Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 24 April 2012 at 1:42 pm

If 29-year old righty swinging catcher Geovany Soto doesn’t starting hitting soon, he’s likely going to start losing ABs. Soto has played in 13 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 6 for 47 (.128 avg, .435 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI. 26-year old rookie lefty swinging catcher Steve Clevenger is putting some pressure on Soto. Clevenger has played in 9 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 10 for 19 (.526 avg, 1.287 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.

Marlon Byrd is starting off the 2012 season on the wrong foot for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Thursday 12 April 2012 at 2:23 pm

34-year old righty swinging CF Marlon Byrd is off to a very slow start with the bat in 2012. He has played in 6 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1 for 21 (.048 avg, .178 OPS) with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs. The Cubs tried to deal Byrd over the winter and they are still likely trying to do so, but they aren’t going to be able to move him unless he starts hitting the baseball. Reed Johnson could start taking some P.T. away from Byrd if he doesn’t break out of his slump soon.

Next Page »

Proudly powered by Wordpress - Theme Triplets Identification band, the boyish style by neuro