So easy to bat sixth or seventh, even a child can do it.
But Sveum gave a reality check on Monday when he was asked where Castro makes sense in a lineup.
“(With) the way he hits – not really working counts and working walks – in a real world and a prolific offense he’d probably be more towards the sixth and seventh spots,” Sveum said.
Castro has been hitting fifth behind Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano in a makeshift lineup. He had never really struggled like this before at the big-league level, going 0-for-21 at one point during the last road trip and watching his average fall almost 40 points since the middle of June.
“I don’t think he really knows where he’s hitting in the lineup or anything, so that makes me a little more comfortable with (moving him around),” Sveum said. “He’s kind of a cut-and-slasher and no matter where he is in the lineup it’s not really going to change his approach right now.”
...For as much as the critics have worried about Castro’s defense, his swing could be the major project for this winter. But you can’t force it, even if it seems to be in the best interests of the franchise.
“People can say what they want about where you are in the lineup: ‘I got to do this. I got to do that,’” Sveum said. “But (it’s) the personalities of the hitter. You can’t expect anybody to take what they are and put them in the leadoff spot and expect them to take more pitches.
“Or hit fifth and think they’re going to do this or hit second and (make them) take pitches because the leadoff guy’s going to steal bases or whatever. You can’t ask people to do that, especially at this stage of his career and really the kind of hitter that he is. You’re asking way too much.”