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Are Trade Rumors To Blame For Starlin Castro’s Slump?

By bullpenbrian - June 16, 2012 - 2:00 am 3 comments.

Starlin Castro is 1-for-17 on the homestand.

It’s not a frightening stretch by slump standards, but still very unusual for Castro.

Since making his MLB debut in 2010, Castro’s 423 hits are the most in the National League, including his NL leading 207 hits last season.

Castro also has the most multi-hit games (82) in the NL since the beginning of 2011, including (25) multi-hit efforts this season.

So it’s strange to see a guys who just hits, and then hits some more, struggle offensively.

But since the start of June Castro is hitting a paltry .203/.230/.339. He’s driven in but 2 runs and has 16 strikeouts vs. one walk. What gives?

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Respecting Rudy Jaramillo

By bullpenbrian - June 13, 2012 - 2:00 am 4 comments.

Rudy Jaramillo must be wondering what took the Cubs so long to fire him?

He’s not a Theo guy. He doesn’t teach the ‘grind it out’ plate mentality the Cubs are looking for, and he gets paid a ton of money to fix the unfixable Cubs lineup.

Besides, who wouldn’t want out of this mess trying to make respectable hitters out of Tony Campana, Joe Mather, Geovany Soto, Ian Stewart, Marlon Byrd and a gimpy Alfonso Soriano?

After two and half seasons spent with three different managers and the highest paycheck of any big league batting coach, what more could Jaramillo want than to be given his release and the opportunity to coach elsewhere?

His 18-years of highly acclaimed big league hitting instruction wasn’t about to fool him into believing he could help this pathetic Cubs offense any more than he already has.

Some team, some where, with true major league talent could use a guy like Jaramillo, and now he’s free to join them. What a relief that must be.

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Rudy Jaramillo In, Bradley Out?

By bullpenbrian - October 22, 2009 - 1:20 am 1 comment.

I have little doubt Rudy Jaramillo can resurrect the Cubs offense from two seasons ago when they led the world in runs scored.

The man is widely regarded as the best in the business at his craft, and the Cubs are wisely paying him handsomely to perform his magic on the North Side.

But asking Jaramillo to heal the incurable Milton Bradley is foolish.

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Rudy Jaramillio A Hit For Cubs

By bullpenbrian - October 15, 2009 - 12:24 am Leave a comment.

The best regarded hitting coach in baseball is officially available.

Rudy Jaramillo, the Rangers’ long-time hitting instructor, has turned down a one-year offer from the club.

Now a free agent, the 59-year old says he’s uncertain of the pending sale of the Rangers and wants more stability than a one-year offer.

The Cubs could give him that stability, and the Tribune’s Phil Rogers makes a good case why Chicago should make the move.

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