"Well," says Starlin Castro to WAR, "take that."
We all know Castro's been a bit erratic with the bat this year (and there's always the head-in-game thing), but if you watched baseball this weekend you saw a group shot of the dugout where the familiar face of Manny Ramirez looked back.
Honestly I didn't know he had anything to do with the Big League Cubs during the season.
But there he was, in the dugout.
And there was Castro, knocking in the winning run for the 2nd night in a row.
Or I should say Hmmmmm...awesome.
You know I'm pretty much a fan of Starlin, and there's been so much trade talk about him that for sure Management must be entertaining some of it.
A trade with the Mets for one of their Young Stud pitchers... well I don't need to go into that today because today I'm all about the Cubs' All-Star shortstop.
Those numbers ain't gettin' it done for sure, and it's reflected in that minus 0.7 WAR.
If the Cubs eventually decide to trade him or keep him, he's gotta do better than that.
WAR is a cumulative thing that takes lots of stuff into account, but knocking in winning runs sure doesn't hurt.
Okay - Cubs 2 Reds 1.
Cubs, Pirates, Cards all 7-3 in their last 10, Joe Maddon playing for wins rather than development and you and I are all smiles.
Now if only the Blackhawks can just... pull out win #4 in the Stanley Cup Finals...
They're just so good.
ps: This is a screen shot from VIVIDSEATS I got on Saturday:
Can you imagine what it would cost to see the Cubs in game 7 of the World Series?