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Chicago Cubs Starlin Castro set to turn things around. History says so.

When a 2-for-5 performance becomes headline worthy, things have gone horribly, horribly wrong. Things have gone horribly, horribly wrong for Starlin Castro in 2015. But then you already knew that. Enter August 4, 2015. Castro is batting a head-scratching .236/.270/.301; Chicago Cubs fans everywhere begin to call louder and louder for his removal --everything from potential waiver claims, to just simply remo ...

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Chicago Cubs Joe Maddon tells Starlin Castro he won’t be traded

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon told Starlin Castro that the struggling 25-year-old isn't going anywhere at the trade deadline. "I said, 'You're not getting traded. Just relax and play. And don't worry about this stuff.'" As the rumors have swirled around the Cubs as we approach the July 31 trade deadline, Castro has been the name mentioned most as one who might be on the way out. If what Maddon says is tru ...

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Chicago Cubs reportedly discussing Starlin Castro with San Diego Padres

According to Jon Morosi, the Chicago Cubs have discussed shortstop Starlin Castro with the San Diego Padres. https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/625789785018273792 The most likely name associated with "San Diego starting pitchers" would lead you to James Shields, as Tyson Ross would presume to be astronomically priced. And as Morosi adds, financially speaking, a deal involving Castro and Shields would bala ...

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Chicago Cubs and the disease of the trade deadline

Now in late July it's not premature to say that the Chicago Cubs have a very mediocre offense. They've slipped to 28th in batting average and 26th in slugging, and have now even struck out more than the "All-we-do-is-hit-home-runs-or-strikeout" Houston Astros. Their tendency to walk (3rd) has them eeking out a 23rd in OPS (.684). Add in the recent sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies, plus a Cole ...

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Chicago Cubs inquire on David Price

According to reports, the Chicago Cubs wasted no time inquiring about Detroit Tigers pitcher, David Price. https://twitter.com/670TheScore/status/624060329408991232 The Cubs are in the market for a starting pitcher, but reports have been scattered as to what level of pitcher the team is interested in adding. They've been connected to Price, Cole Hamels, Scott Kazmir, Mat Latos, and even a rumble or two conc ...

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Chicago Cubs first half grades: Hitting

The Chicago Cubs' 47-40 first half record speaks to the overall quality of this team, though fortune has slightly scorned them by having them in the NL Central --a magical land where the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates play, those who rarely lose unless it's to one another. The Cubs have received some great starting pitching so far this season (which we talked about previously), and were it not f ...

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Chicago Cubs have a chance to make the league (and St. Louis Cardinals) take notice

When the Chicago Cubs begin their series tonight with the St. Louis Cardinals, Joe Maddon will assuredly say that the series is just like any other because that's what he's supposed to say. But if there was ever a series that mattered to a season, this upcoming four-game series with the Cardinals is it. The fact that the Cubs currently sit 8 1/2 games out of the National League Central is only part of the e ...

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Four Cubs in running for NL starting spot in MLB All-Star Game

Despite his hot play this season, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo still finds himself fifth among NL first basemen in the latest All-Star Game voting numbers. The numbers were released today by MLB and have Rizzo behind Paul Goldschmidt, Adrian Gonzalez, Joey Votto and Matt Adams. Yes, Matt Adams. Rizzo trails Goldschmidt by more than  3 million votes, which is reasonable considering the year Golds ...

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Should the Chicago Cubs Trade Starlin Castro?

We all knew the Chicago Cubs would eventually come to this crossroads. After spending the last few seasons stockpiling young position players, it’s no surprise the Cubs are preparing to consider shopping some of these excess pieces –specifically on the infield— for some shiny new pitching prospects. The “problem” is that the Cubs have a group of exceptional talents, which leads to the actual problem of figu ...

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Three Up, Three Down: Castro, Samardzija the good; Lester, Danks the ugly

Two weeks in, neither Chicago baseball club has hit their stride – yet, anyway. White Sox pitching has been bad with a team ERA among the league’s lowest and a lineup that isn’t quite ready to bail them out on the regular. The Cubs were playing well enough to boast the fact they had not yet lost a series this season… until they lost on Sunday to the Padres after blowing their another lead late in the game. ...

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