You can observe a lot just by watching, according to Yogi Berra, and that’s what Cubs manager Mike Quade is going to have Starlin Castro do for a couple of games. Castro is not in today’s starting lineup against the Astros, and he probably won’t start tomorrow night, either. Lineup:
Castro committed a mental error yesterday, leaving first base and getting tagged out after grounding into a forceout in the seventh. There were only two outs when Castro was tagged out. Quade was quick to say that Castro has had to process a lot this season.
“Every so often, it’s better for a player to observe than participate,” Mike said. “I thought he needs to watch a game or so and he can sit with some very smart people on my staff and keep and eye on things and maybe reflect a little bit. He’s had so much thrown at him. I think sometimes, step back and take a look at things and give a guy a couple days to take a look at what’s going on, lapses of concentration and stuff that maybe he can reflect on and get through.”
Talking briefly with Castro before the game, he said he was fine with Quade’s decision.
The Cubs are facing lefty Wandy Rodriguez today. That means Jeff Baker gets another start. Against lefties, he’s at .352/.394/.557. Against right-handers, Baker is .069/.129/.069. On top of that, Aramis Ramirez will need at least today to rest his strained right quad. The doctor will take a look at Ramirez today, but Cubs people say they don’t believe the injury is serious and that Ramirez might be able to play tomorrow night.
Tyler Colvin’s line is .255/.311/.503. Forty of Colvin’s 84 hits, or 47.6 percent, have gone for extra bases. He has 17 doubles, 4 triples and 19 homers.
You know Class AAA Iowa’s situation. They must beat Memphis this afternoon to get into the postseason. If the I-Cubs lose, they finish in a tie with Memphis, but Memphis owns the tiebreakers. Jay Jackson pitches for Iowa today, one day after Jeff Samardzija gave up 8 hits and 7 runs in 6 innings in an 8-7, 15-inning loss to Memphis.
Tennessee beat Carolina 3-2, with Chris Archer tuning up with 2 innings of 1-hit shutout ball. The Smokies are playoff bound. Tony Thomas hit his 11th homer and extended his hitting streak to four games.
Daytona (A) won its final game, 6-0 over Lakeland, with Rob Whitenack working 7 innings of 2-hit shutout ball. He improved to 3-1 with a 2.04 ERA at high-A ball. Daytona finished the second half at 41-28. Michael Brenly, Rebel Ridling and DJ LeMahieu were named to the Florida State League all-star team.
Peoria (A) fell 1-0 to Quad Cities. Justin Bour had his 38th mulithit game.
Boise (A) finished with a 9-2 loss to Yakima. After going 19-19 in the first half, the Hawks were 15-23 in the second.
Happy Labor Day and enjoy the game.