Chicago Cubs: Top five surprises of the season’s first month

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Apr 21, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (13) hits an RBI single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

4) Starlin Castro is finally getting recognized

After spending his first five professional seasons on losing teams in Chicago, Starlin Castro is finally on a winning ball club – and it’s paying dividends for the 25-year-old shortstop.

Castro enters May batting .325/.349/.410 with 27 hits and a dozen runs batted in for a Cubs team that is in the thick of the playoff race early on in the 2015 season.  He, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have teamed up to form one of the most formidable heart-of-the-orders Chicago has seen in recent years – and he’s also flashed the leather on multiple occasions.

With the Cubs winning, fans are starting to get onboard the Castro bandwagon. Sure, he has three All-Star selections in his first five seasons, but apparently that’s not enough to win over Cubs nation. Winning, however, is.

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