Cubs: Is Starlin Castro back to his former self?

Cubs: Is Starlin Castro back to his former self?
April 8, 2014, 8:15 pm
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Starlin Castro has become a lightning rod in Cubs circles over the last two years.

How can the Cubs get him to pay attention every pitch? Why did he struggle so much in 2013? Will he ever develop into a hitter that takes a lot of walks?

Cubs play-by-play TV broadcaster Len Kasper joined David Kaplan on SportsTalk Live Tuesday afternoon and Castro was a main point of discussion.

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Kasper and Kaplan talked about Castro's mindset at the beginning of his career, where he just went out and and did what came naturally to him — hit. And then last year, he got away from that mindset and tried to work the count and he struggled at the plate.

This year, Castro seems to be back to his old habits...in a good way. He's been playing his game, and it paid off for him in a big game against the Pirates Tuesday, crushing two homers and displaying great range at shortstop.

But maybe the most Castro-esque moment came in his first at-bat when he expanded the zone and swung at a pitch low and outside. Instead of drawing a walk (it would have been ball four), Castro grounded a ball through the hole on the right side for a base hit.

Classic Starlin.