Facing up to their future

Cubs counting on Castro, Rizzo to shake off shaky 2013 next season

Updated: August 21, 2013, 9:31 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- On Tuesday night, Starlin Castro hit perhaps the nadir of his season.

He hit eighth.

Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum penciled him into the penultimate spot in the lineup. If Travis Wood were pitching, Castro might have been ninth.

Meanwhile, slumping Anthony Rizzo found himself in the 3-hole again after a sick day Monday.

Rizzo shrugged off questions about his struggles before the game, but they're obvious to everyone. His power numbers are OK, but his hitting ...

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