2B: Daniel Murphy vs Starlin Castro
I’m sort of freaking out here. Both Murphy and Castro have 62 HRs each in their careers thus far. In fact, Murphy only has seven-points higher in career average (.288) and 39 more ribbies than Castro.
Another thing these two have in common is their shotty defense. Castro is a natural shortstop, but with the arrival of Addison Russell and Javier Baez his time in Chicago has been hanging on a thread. 24 total errors this season for Castro at both positions with an insurmountable 138 career errors. I believe since entering into the league, that tops as the most errors for any position player. Hey, at least he’s not like SS Elvis Andrus dropping three balls in the 8th inning to blow the Texas Rangers lead in Game 5.
Both players have done well this post season. You can make a case that Murphy has done beyond just the word ‘well’ and rightfully so. He’s been a Mets hero thus far and he wouldn’t want to be doing this with any other team. Castro on the other hand I don’t think would mind to start fresh elsewhere, given how crowded the Cubs IF has become.
Winner: Daniel Murphy