Great post Bill....A lot to cover in one post but it was well done.
Starlin Castro is on track for a 200 hit season, needing only 7 hits to have 100 in the first half of the 2011 season. Only Jose Reyes and Adrian Gonzalez have more hits this season than Castro. He is 4th in the majors in doubles with 21 and 4th in triples with five. Castro is 5th in NL in hitting with a .315 average.
HOWEVER, when it comes to fielding Castro leads all major league shortstops with 15 errors in 69 games. His .952 fielding percentage is the worst among major league shortstops who have played in at least 69 games.
Castro made his 15 errors in 314 chances, while Troy Tulowitzki, shortstop for the Rockies has 3 errors in 367 chances, so Castro has 12 more errors despite having 53 fewer chances.
These errors don’t include mental errors like the one yesterday when he removed his foot from the bag before attempting a double play. Some umpires may have even called the runner out on the old neighborhood play, but he can’t count on that always being the case. Personally, I think the neighborhood play should not exist, because a runner is either safe or out depending if they arrive to the base on time to be safe. This neighborhood foolishness has to stop and all the umpires have to do is do their job.
Back to Castro, he has been great offensively since joining the Cubs last season, but has shown no improvement in fielding. Ernie Banks could give him some great tips at playing shortstop, if he hasn’t already done that.
The physical errors are bad enough, but adding mental errors to the mix, only compounds the problem.