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Starlin Castro
3 years ago  ::  Aug 31, 2016 - 9:57PM #1
Yanks21
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8 HRs and 24 RBI in August (so far) - he has some flaws but nobody can complain about the middle infield of the Yankees right now.  He's been a big part of the Yankees August surge. 
3 years ago  ::  Aug 31, 2016 - 10:05PM #2
Hustleorbench
Posts: 3,736

the most frustrating player to watch.....

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 31, 2016 - 10:18PM #3
Yanks21
Posts: 478

If only he could do that every month. . .but he can't.   You can see why he has so many hits in his career (over 1,000 and he's only 27) but yeah he is frustrating.  But he's been the Yankees second better hitter this month so you can't be down about that. 

3 years ago  ::  Sep 01, 2016 - 6:23AM #4
qwik3457
Posts: 11,934

On a real contender with a real lineup, he and Didi would be very good hitters to place somewhere between #6 and #8 in the order.


On this team, they're forced to hit 4th and 5th right now.


Castro is what he is. He's agressive and unafraid. The bad side is the chasing wildly and whiffing or making weak contact in crucial PAs. The good side is that even if the pitcher is an elite starter or closer, if he makes a mistake in a key spot, Castro will be ready to jump on it and hit it hard. Every team needs at least one of these guys. If your lineup has too many of them, it will be very streaky, and unproductive too often. But you need one of these types as much as you need a Wade Boggs or Willie Randolph type.

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3 years ago  ::  Sep 02, 2016 - 11:50AM #5
nystripes2
Posts: 6,287
I'll take 20+ HR and 70 RBI or more out of my 2nd baseman tho,  but yes he's frustrating.
3 years ago  ::  Sep 02, 2016 - 11:50AM #6
nystripes2
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He's hitting .294 since ASB
3 years ago  ::  Sep 02, 2016 - 11:53AM #7
Raymond757
Posts: 9,416

Sep 1, 2016 -- 6:23AM, qwik3457 wrote:


On a real contender with a real lineup, he and Didi would be very good hitters to place somewhere between #6 and #8 in the order.


On this team, they're forced to hit 4th and 5th right now.


Castro is what he is. He's agressive and unafraid. The bad side is the chasing wildly and whiffing or making weak contact in crucial PAs. The good side is that even if the pitcher is an elite starter or closer, if he makes a mistake in a key spot, Castro will be ready to jump on it and hit it hard. Every team needs at least one of these guys. If your lineup has too many of them, it will be very streaky, and unproductive too often. But you need one of these types as much as you need a Wade Boggs or Willie Randolph type.




Agree, 100%

3 years ago  ::  Sep 02, 2016 - 12:18PM #8
1955nyyfan
Posts: 854

He's also pretty steady defensively.

3 years ago  ::  Sep 02, 2016 - 5:46PM #9
nystripes2
Posts: 6,287
With men on base, Castro has been money in 2016. 

228 PA: .314/.348/.481, 14 2B, 7HR, 52 RBI
3 years ago  ::  Sep 03, 2016 - 3:21PM #10
mikedorb
Posts: 1,354

He hit very well in August and has had his share of big hits and home runs especially recently. But overall he has underachieved. He has maybe the worst plate discipline of any player I have ever seen and from what I read it is worse than ever this season. He is relying almost totally on his physical ability to do as well as he has. But he can be so much better if he improved his plate discipline just a little bit.  He should be a .290-.300 hitter. He can do it because he did it before with the Cubs. I call him Alfonso Soriano Jr. Somehow Castro might be a more undisciplined hitter than Soriano was if that is even possible.


And why does Castro get more criticism than other players on the team like Gardner and Ellsbury? I don't get it. Yes Castro can and should be better or at least more consistent but if our other underachievers performed better he wouldn't be an issue at all.  The Yankees have a lot of problems but Castro is way down the list. Being only 26 he still has a chance to get better whereas many of our other players are all clearly past their prime and the best we can hope for is they don't keep on declining in the next couple of years. Gardy, Ellsbury, McCann and Headley are the guys I have in mind. All on the wrong side of 30.


But Castro can be so frustrating to watch because he gets himself out so often. But when he swings at strikes and gets his pitch he can hit the ball hard and drive it. Bat speed is certainly not an issue for Starlin Castro.      

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