LOS ANGELES — Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and now Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters. Is this heaven? No, it’s Iowa. The ‘‘not rebuilding’’ plan for the Cubs is now in full youth-movement force after they traded veteran utility man Jeff Baker to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday and called up Jackson and Vitters from Class AAA Iowa. Whatever else happens this season, the Cubs’ front office is committed to knowing where it stands with the top-level prospects it inherited. ‘‘It’s awesome,’’ said Rizzo, the National League’s rookie of the month for July, whose ninth-inning homer tied the game before the Dodgers won 7-6 in the bottom of the inning on Hanley Ramirez’s walk-off single. ‘‘This is what it is,’’ Rizzo said of the dramatic roster transformation.
Just in time to turn this whole season around. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Cubs get hot here and make a run at the playoffs. That’s usually what happens when your prized prospect who was raking with a .269 average in AAA gets up to the bigs. Instant offense, not that we needed any to begin with.
In all honesty though this is exactly what needed to happen. Lot of teams say they’re going to let their young guys play out the stretch but very few let it happen. Might as well suck now and see how bad we’ll suck in the future as well.