Look it, I don’t feel sorry that I called out Starlin Castro the other day. Even though he got the winner again yesterday in a 4-1 victory over the Twins, I think that for every great game he has, Castro has two bad ones. How many times do we here,
“Every day is a new day,” Castro said. “I try to keep it going, keep the head up, and try to help the team to win.”
He pulls his quotes from the book of cliches. Over the course of his career, he’s looked like a player that hasn’t yet discovered what kind of player he wants to be.
“To be upset or angry with somebody, to me that would only come when I thought somebody didn’t care, and it would require more than getting upset,”Joe Maddon said. “This guy does care and he does work. How do you get rid of them? By continuing to talk about them, address them after they’ve occurred. He was very accountable to it. To me, the accountability component is important because you can’t get better without it.”
It seems like a broken record that every time Castro has a bad game, Maddon sticks up for him and he goes out and has a good one.
Then he has a bad one.
Another player that’s talented and struggling is Jon Lester. The difference being is Starlin doesn’t have any expectations going into games and he surprises when he has those great games but Jon Lester is different. He’s their Ace. He’s expected to win every time. Somehow though, he’s winless in six and yesterday he was pulled after 6 1/3 innings.
“I never want to come out,” Lester said. “That’s the way I’ve always been. I don’t want to leave games. That’s why you have managers and pitching coaches to make those decisions for you. I may not be happy at the time, but I’ll never second-guess the manager on what he’s trying to do.”
There’s an easy way to fix Lester. Throw him out of his comfort zone. Have Miggy Montero catch him and get him to start throwing to first. He’s in a different league now so he needs a different style.
Happy Father’s Day to all those Dads out there. Take your kids to a ballgame, watch one on tv, go outside and play ball. If they don’t like baseball, go do something really fun.