Castro on the Cover of SI … and Barney Named the NL Rookie of the Month

The Cubs young middle infield made headlines Tuesday. The 21-year old shortstop and rookie second baseman have been two bright spots for the Cubs this season. Starlin Castro became the first Cub to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated since September of 2008 (Aramis Ramirez) and Darwin Barney was named the NL Rookie of the Month for April after putting together a .326/.351/.449/.801 slash line that included four doubles, two triples, 14 RBI and the first home run of his career.

Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney gave many a reason to watch the sub-.500 team during the first month of the season.

Starlin Castro had a huge month at the plate (.348/.375/.461/.836 with six doubles, two triples, 12 RBI and a home run) with a majority of the production coming from the top of the Cubs’ lineup. Not only did ‘Double Trouble‘ perform at the plate but they also turned in several tremendous plays in the field.

Starlin Castro’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Darwin Barney’s Page on Baseball-Reference

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  • John G.

    Say it ain’t so! Being on the cover of SI is a curse, isn’t it?
    Oh wait…We don’t believe in curses, do we???
    I don’t know about you, but I do.

    • studio179

      Castro plays for the Cubs and is in his second year with the sophomore jinx thing lurking. Those are pretty good curses. Might as well be on the SI cover. Go for broke on curses . :)

    • paulcatanese

      Unfortunatly, so do I John.How many hits has Castro since he knew he was going to be on the cover?,Or errors? Stay away from that magazine.

  • Cloycub13

    Congrats to “Double Trouble”!
    Hmmmmmm youth and performance…there has to be some coorelation there…hmmmmm.

    Castro was not ready at this time last year according to some (Hendry)….then proceeds to bat .300.

    Barney was a bench player who barely deserved a sniff last fall according to some (Hendry and Quade) and had to battle like a 2010 Tyler Colvin to get a chance in Spring training.

    Now they along with Marshall, Marmol, Wood and amazingly Smarj have been the bright spots on this team.

    Now if our manager can pull his head out of his you know what this team might start getting somewhere…you know Mike like putting guys in a position to succeed and creating a lineup that produces RUNS!

    1. Castro SS (Leave him there and leave him the hell alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
    2. Barney 2B (The best #2 hitter for the Cubs since Ryno IMHO, makes contact, plays with Fundys, and knows the situation)
    3. Soriano LF(Mashing right now… MASHING)
    4. ARAM 3B (Pick it up or move out of the cleanup spot!!!)
    5. Soto C (Hitting well and deserves a move up)
    6. Pena 1B (Welcome to the 2011 season finally, now heat up and smack a few more)
    7. Colvin RF (Play him, for god’s sake PLAY HIM, Fuky will begin the spiral as of….. NOW it is not April anymore)
    8. Byrd CF (He seems to fit in the 8 hole, which I feel is a very important part of a National League Lineup…he certainly is not a mid order bat)

    With Russell as a lefty specialist and far far far far far far far far far away from the rotaion, Grabow another Loogy, Smarj being solid in a steady set role (Shocker), and the sick nasty back of the pen, this team could be OK. Especially when Wells and Cash return. Tread water now, surprise some people and make a run when they get back.

    Manage them right dang-it… it is not hard… look at the numbers and stop being stubborn…

    Amazing what a break from this team does for one’s psyche!

    Go Cubs!

    • Aaron

      I agree with everything you say, except for Soriano “mashing”. A .257/.275/.610 slash line should let you know that he’s hitting bombs, but he isn’t really helping the team much. That is further evidenced by him leading all of MLB in home runs, yet ranking tied for 15th in RBI. His average ranks 205th in MLB, and his OBP ranks 344th (obviously, they’re including pitchers as well that don’t have as many AB’s, but still). That should tell you all you need to know about Soriano’s true value to the team….Unless he starts hitting home runs with runners on base, he has NO value to the team.

      But you are correct in saying he should bat 3rd. And if not Soriano there, then Colvin should be there, especially with Fukudome continuing his post-April slide.

      Castro
      Barney
      Colvin
      ARAM
      Soto
      Soriano
      Pena
      Byrd

      • Calicub

        I agree with more playing time for colvin but di you think he needs to be in the number three spot?

        Castro
        barney
        Soriano(if he’s going to just hit bombs it might as well be behind people who can actually get on base)
        Soto
        Aram
        Colvin
        Pena
        Byrd
        Pitcher

        Or what should be happening

        Castro
        Barney
        Soriano
        Soto
        Aram
        Pena
        Colvin
        Pitcher
        Brett jackson (ala Tony LaRussa, puts him in the top of the order later in the game with the other youngsters without the pressure of being labeled the lead-off)

        • paulcatanese

          Kind of like what should be happening over youre first lineup.But since we don’t have Jackson yet it could be Fukudome,and that is not a punishment for him,simply that he is a pro and would handle that spot very well to turn the lineup over.

      • Cloycub13

        Ok Mashing is a bit extreme and I agree with you. But I have to take some enjoyment in Soriano’s hot streaks… a prolonged slump usually follows so I have to enjoy it when I can.

        Amazing how easy it would be to look at who is doing what and adjust the lineup accordingly… Quade has had like 50 diff lineups for nearly 30 games so maybe he could actually try something that works.

        Just sayin!

  • paulcatanese

    Congrats to the Dynamic Duo.

  • paulcatanese

    I would be remiss in not mentioning these two from last night. Aram,is a flat out loafer who just does not know what the word hustle means,except maybe to deposit his paycheck. And of course Johnson, who hustles but dosent know why he just runs. You would think someone who has been around as long as he has would have a clue on when to run to third on a ground ball in front of him.