Skip to main content
  1. Sports
  2. MiLB

Starlin Castro, Jason Hammel Leading Chicago Cubs

See also

On Sunday, the Chicago Cubs handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first weekend loss of the season. Playing huge parts in the victory, and avoiding the sweep was starting pitcher Jason Hammel and shortstop Starlin Castro. Both players continue to lead the Cubs as the month of April comes to a close.

Hammel took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the team with the best record in the league up to this point of the season. Under the radar, Hammel has been good all season long so far for Chicago. In five starts, he has tossed five quality starts. Of the Cubs’ eight wins, Hammel owns four of them. While his few mistakes on the season have been on hits that have left the park, Hammel has really minimized damage well during his outings. What has really helped the right-hander is a nearly 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio.

Helping Hammel on offense was Castro who had three hits including two home runs. It was Castro’s second multi-home run game of his career, and both have come during the 2014 season. His renewed bat in the middle of the Chicago lineup has really helped the young shortstop regain confidence at the plate.

As the Cubs continue to grind during games, the strong starts to the season by both Hammel and Castro are encouraging signs. While there is no doubt that Castro is in the long-term plans of the Cubs, the question is if Hammel is also in those plans. If Hammel continues to pitch in dominant form, will it lead to an extension with Chicago or does it make him another attractive trade piece come the deadline? Hammel could become the latest turn-and-burn player in the rebuilding process on the North side. In the meantime, both hope to continue their strong play going into the second month of the season.

Advertisement

Sports

  • David Price rumors
    Should the bottom-dwelling Tampa Bay Rays trade or keep pitching ace David Price?
    Video
    MLB Rumors
  • Maria Kirilenko slideshow
    Feast your eyes on the former fiance of Alex Ovechkin: The newly-single Maria Kirilenko
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has Alzheimer's disease, will step down
    NFL News
  • Sam responds to Dungy
    Michael Sam has the perfect response to Tony Dungy's controversial comments
    NFL News
  • Bella wardrobe malfunction
    Sexy diva Nikki Bella suffers wardrobe malfunction during WWE show
    Fight Sports
  • LeBron gives cupcakes
    LeBron James sends cupcakes to neighbors after press overtakes neighborhood
    Food & Drink