Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Rains, pours, etc. (Game Recap: Cubs 15, Brewers 3)

Ladies and gentlemen, your new leader in batting average for the Chicago Cubs is Starlin Castro.

By going 4-for-5 in yesterday's game, Castro (.318) took the lead over from Marlon Byrd (.315, 1-for-4). Other Cubs with multiple hits yesterday included Derrek Lee, Geovany Soto, and newcomer Blake DeWitt.

DeWitt seems to enjoy playing for Chicago, having gone 6-for-16 with a double and a homer in his first four games with the new club. He obviously won't hit .375 for the rest of the season, but I doubt it's hurting his psyche to be doing well early on.

I don't have anything else to say about Derrek Lee, but I will point out for Soto that he leads the team in OPS this year by just about 70 points. His OBP is at .398, his slugging at .519... dude, what a year. He may well get to 20 home runs by the end of the year.

Another factoid for ya: since coming off the 15-day DL on June 25, Aramis Ramirez has posted a .302/.338/.627 slash.

Cubs pitchers did well yesterday. Ryan Dempster posted a quality start (3 R, 0 ER in 6 IP), and Sean Marshall, Mitch Atkins, and soon-to-be-starter Carlos Zambrano each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

So that's nice!

Castro has been worth 2.2 WAR

Castro has been worth 2.2 WAR in 77 games this season. He's 20 years old. He's going to be a star. I only hope the Cubs have the good sense to lock him up long term at below market rates.

His BABIP is at .360, but

His BABIP is at .360, but yes, that appears to be one hell of a bat he's swinging. What's not to love?

Chances of him racking up the

Chances of him racking up the at bats necessary to win the batting title?

Oh, and Dempster's runs were unearned yesterday, for the record.

Thanks for the R/ER catch.

Thanks for the R/ER catch. I'll correct that immediately.

I think you need 3.1 or so at-bats per team game, so something like 490 maybe by the end of the season? Hitting 2nd and starting pretty much every game, I think he'll probably end up right around there. Whether his BABIP stays this high over that timeframe, however, remains to be seen.

I just did the quick math,

I just did the quick math, and he needs just over 4 at bats per game for the rest of the year. That's certainly reachable.

And his BABIP should be higher. The dude's fast. I'd imagine it might hover around .340 for his career.

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