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Cubs | Starlin Castro still No. 2 hitter for now

Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro batted fifth for the second straight contest on Wednesday, May 1, but manager Dale Sveum said the change was so that the Cubs could take advantage of 3B Cody Ransom's historically good performance against southpaws. Entering that game, Ransom was 6-for-16 with three home runs against left-handers; Castro was batting .206 against left-handed pitching. Castro has a career .303 batting average when batting fifth and a .299 BA when batting second.

"I see (Castro) as a two-hole hitter," Sveum said. "When everything is set correctly, he's really a two-hole hitter. A lot of times you'd like a left-handed hitter there to hook the ball, and right-handed catchers have trouble throwing when a left-handed hitter is in the batter's box." Sveum suggested that could change down the road. "On our team right now, he's a two-hole hitter. Obviously, he's a hand-eye coordination guy who will put the ball in play and doesn't walk much so maybe he's more apt to hit at the bottom of the order because he can hit into some double plays and things like that. For the team we have now, he's the second hitter."

Fantasy Tip: Castro's sheer ability with the bat should dictate that he never hits at the bottom of any order besides an All-Star team's. It can be tiresome for managers to answer questions about every little change they make, but it comes with the territory. Anyway, this is highly unlikely to affect Castro's fantasy output negatively.

2013-05-02 10:51:08 | Source: MLB.com - Carrie Muskat

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