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Chicago Cubs Fall to the Cinnicinati Reds 9-4, Woeful Record Hits 3-11

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 20:   Starting pitcher Chris Volstad #32 of the Chicago Cubs walks off the field after giving up four runs to the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Wrigley Field on April 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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Ryan NeimanContributor IIIApril 20, 2012

The Cubs ship keeps sinking as they lost their sixth in a row when the Cincinnati Reds defeated them today 9-4. 

The Cubs dropped to 3-11 this season and is it too soon to be proclaiming, "Wait 'till next year?"

Here is what we learned from today's game.

Is it time to move Starlin Castro to a different position?  Castro committed his fifth error on the year and it was not even caused by an errant throw. Castro dropped a pop-up which prompted several boo birds. In hindsight, he looks remarkable fielding ground balls at short-stop on some plays. On the contrary, at most times his throws are off-balanced, rushed and inaccurate. The scene of his throws bouncing to the first baseman are most prevalent when we think of Castro. He is great with the bat, but mediocre with the glove. The Cubs need to make adjustments and perhaps switch him to second base to better fit his skill set.

Bryan LaHair looks right at home:  LaHair has looked fantastic on the field and when he has a bat in his hand.  He is currently batting .375 while leading the club in home runs with two.  He is in a midst of a seven game hitting streak and with an OBP of .459. If there is a bright spot in this season, it is how stable and comfortable LaHair looks at first base.

Marlon Byrd needs to ride the bench:  It is unbelievable Dale Sveum continues to send Byrd out there on a daily basis as he struggles to find his hitting stroke. He is providing zero lift to this team on a offensive standpoint and he has only three hits on the season. Sveum needs to sit Byrd several games to clear his head and even consider sending him down to minors to solve his recent problems.

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