Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was considered one of the best young infielders in the game coming into this season. It's why Castro is considered the only untradeable player for a Cubbie team that seems to be a perpetual non-participant in the National League pennant race.
However, there are some who would say that Castro isn't even the best shortstop in this particular matchup, let alone the best player. Milwaukee shortstop Jean Segura, just 23, has given fans of the 32-43 Brewers something to cheer about this season. The young standout is currently batting .334 this season with 11 home runs and a .367 on-base percentage.
Segura's stellar stats don't end there: he leads the National League with 100 hits and is tied for the lead in all of baseball with eight triples already this year.
The Dominican Republic native has been a bright spot for a Brewer team suffering through yet another tough season, especially considering that they may very well lose slugger and former NL Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun for 100 games thanks to his involvement with the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic and purported steroid use.
In addition to Segura, outfielder Carlos Gomez has also excelled for the Brew Crew in 2013. Gomez is hitting .314 and has a .355 on-base percentage. He has also already hit 12 home runs this season (especially noteworthy considering his career high in that category is just 19).
His 4.9 wins above replacement mark (calculated by how the player's team would fare if a statistically average player replaced him) is the best of any major league player this season, and he is the man tied with Segura for most three-baggers in the league this year.
The Cubs' Scott Feldman (6-6, 3.49 ERA) will be pitching against Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 4.09 earned run average) in tonight's matchup.
The game will be broadcast on the WGN Network, based in Chicago. Let's see if Castro, returning from his first missed game in 269 outings (the second-longest streak in the majors, behind ex-Brewer Prince Fielder's 417 consecutive games), can get back on the right track, or if the Brewers will earn their 20th home-field victory of 2013.