Castro Moving to the Three-Hole in the Cubs Lineup?

The Cubs best hitter could be moving down in the lineup according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.

Marlon Byrd has struggled hitting third in Mike Quade’s lineup and entered Monday night just 3-for-20 with runners in scoring position. Byrd failed to deliver in the sixth Monday night and dropped his miserable average with RISP to .143 (3-for-21).

When asked about the possibility Monday
, Jim Hendry said that Starlin Castro is “a good enough offensive player that he could hit anywhere down in the lineup.”

According to the Tribune, nothing is imminent and “it’s too early to believe that Byrd won’t start driving in runs.” The Cubs like Kosuke Fukudome hitting at the top of the lineup and Darwin Barney “appears to be cemented in the no. 2 hole.”

Mike Quade said he likes Castro and Barney hitting where they have been (one and two respectively) but admitted he “doesn’t envision having a set lineup” with the exception of Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez will remain the Cubs’ cleanup hitter.

Stay Tuned …

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  • skavoovee

    could this be a true prelude to the Brett Jackson era?

  • Last_ginger

    what happened to all the comments?

    • Neil

      The commenting system is having problems again … We are working on the issues. Sorry for the problems.

  • Harvschnepper

    why is Hendry even opening his mouth? He should be getting his resume together. He has put together an awful team except for Castro and Barney and through his tenure, he wasted millions of dollars on garbage. Fatboy,shut the hell up and quit taking credit that isn’t yours and get the hell out of town

  • gary3411

    When tonight’s game gets cancelled, you guys think they will play a double header tomorrow since we do not play the padres at home again this season? JW because I have tickets and want to start planning if that is likely to be the case.

    • Neil

      I don’t think so. I think they will schedule for a mutual off day later in the season. Padres are in the middle of 20 in a row without a day off.

      • gary3411

        Cool, thanks. Yea with that fact I’m thinking there’s no way as well now.

        • Neil

          I stand corrected. According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs are working on plans for a split doubleheader for Wednesday if tonight’s game cannot be played.

          • gary3411

            Oh jese. Who wants to go to the game? lol. I know the people I was going to bring won’t be able to.

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  • paulcatanese

    Neil,is the game cancelled for tonight?

  • Neil

    The Trib just reported the same, there could be a day-night doubleheader Wednesday if they cannot play tonight.

  • Neil

    From Bruce Miles:

    Press-box wags saying game is called. Waiting for official Cubs wags to let us know.

  • BillyFinT

    Neil, all the older comments since “Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 04/18/11” disappeared.

    Are they retrievable? Some are informative conversations between us fans. It’s a loss to lose them.

  • Neil

    From Carrie Muskat:

    Cubs game Tuesday is ppd. They will play day-night doubleheader on Wed. First game, 1:20 pm CT, second at 6:05 pm CT

    • BillyFinT

      Thanks, Neil. I was just about to post it, but needed to fix some machine.

      “UPDATE: The Cubs just made it official at about 3:35 p.m., calling the game and rescheduling it as part of a day-night doubleheader tomorrow. The game times are 1:20 p.m. and 6:05 p.m. Seems to me they could have called this game at noon today. “

  • paulcatanese

    I feel very good about Barney playing the way he has and am glad that I pushed every day to have him at 2b. Really feel he is the sparkplug in the infield and his playing and smarts will rub off on the rest. Second in the batting order is a natural for him with his bat control and the different options he presents. Castro moving to third in the lineup because of his bat would be a plus,but as it has been pointed out then that would leave us with Fukodome in the leadoff spot. While he is good there,it would diminish the effects of Barney because of the lack of basestealing with Fuko there. The bunt would still be there and the hit and run,but no straight steal attempts.Castro in the three spot could be very productive if he takes the same approach as he has at the leadoff spot. Any changes by him from pressure to drive runs in would take away from his value that he has right now.It would take some of the pressure of Aram with Castro in front of him as it has been a long time since a hitter of Castros ability has been in front of him. This would bring Aram up many times with less than two outs. All the way down the lineup would benefit from the move and I believe more runs are on the horizon with that move. Of course this sets the table for Jackson to come up and that would be awesome with his speed at the top of the order. Whether or not Jackson would be ready no one could know until it is tried. At any rate it brings speed to the top three, and any impovement below them in the order would produce runs. This could be a very exciting time for the Cubs and make what might be a boring lost season a plus and more people in the stands pulling for the kids. I for one would like this to take place.

  • paulcatanese

    They canceled tonghts game? Just when the Cubs are hot and have a winning streak going they cancel. I’m out here in sunny California and enjoyed last night and was looking forward to another game under the same condtions. All kidding aside last nite was for Eskimo’s and tonight the same, no one should have to be out in that weather.

  • paulcatanese

    Glad to see that Jackson enjoys leading off in the order. Just a few things. Must have a good eye, must want to run the bases, hit for power,once in awhile and just flat out enjoy it. I believe he does,and for the way he is playing so far this year he deserves to be there,actually he deserves to be here on the Cubs,having fun with Castro and Barney and thats what its all about.