Cubs manager Mike Quade made another in a series of moves with his "evolving" starting lineup.
For Tuesday night's 6-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, Quade moved shortstop Starlin Castro down to the No. 7 spot in the batting order, the lowest Castro has hit all season. Until Tuesday, Castro had seen time in the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 spots, but he entered the game mired in a 7-for-51 (.137) slump over his previous 12 games.
"Protecting a kid, trying to help a club, trying to get him out of a bit of a mess," Quade said. "It seemed appropriate to me. That's just what we do. It doesn't matter who it is -- kids, veterans. I don't think four or five games of struggling is a concern. When it gets to be a week or two, you take a look at things. We'll see."
Castro went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, but the Cubs were unable to right themselves after losing two of three to the Reds over the weekend.
"I thought we hung with Cincinnati but didn't get it done," Quade said. "So we've got some work to do there. (St. Louis) is the current leader in the division, and their offense is unbelievable. It'll be a great challenge for us pitching wise and continue to try to a better job offensively. I can't put a number on it, but it will be another way for us to measure where we're at. We're going to play these guys another 15 or 16 times. Let's find out where we're at with these guys right now."
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