Anthony Rizzo back in leadoff spot Tuesday
Rizzo hit second Monday with Wellington Castillo getting a shot out of the leadoff spot, but he's back in there for Tuesday's game. Rizzo is hitting .333/.400/.714 with four homers and 11 RBI in 11 games out of the leadoff spot.
Anthony Rizzo not in Cubs lineup on Saturday
He'll get a breather against Marlins' southpaw Justin Nicolino. Kris Bryant is sliding over to start at first base while Javy Baez covers the hot corner on Saturday.
Anthony Rizzo has four HRs against Jeff Locke despite just an 84.8 mph aEV
There's very little useful Statcast information on tonight's BvP matchups. Not a single player with more than seven BBEs since 2015 (when the Statcast era began) has an aEV above 90.1 mph. We do have HRs though. Despite just an 84.8 mph aEV on 15 recorded BBEs, Anthony Rizzo has homered four times against Jeff Locke with seven total extra-base hits in 30 PAs. With only three Statcast recorded BBEs between them, Matt Kemp and Brandon Phillips have a combined seven HRs against Matt Cain. Kemp and Cain faced each other often during the former's Dodger days. Both, along with Phillips are lesser quality players now, but Cain (2.8 SwStr% last five starts) may have fallen the farthest from his All-Star days. On just six BBEs, Edwin Encarnacion has a 100.2 mph aEV against Wade Miley with two HRs and two doubles in 17 PAs, as if there weren't already enough motivation to load up on that matchup.
Rizzo clubs another leadoff homer in victory
Rizzo has reached base safely to start each game that he has led off, going 6-for-6 with three homers, a double and a walk. There's no chance he's going to be moved any time soon. He finished Tuesday's game 1-for-3, raising his season slash to .268/.398/.529 to go along with 17 homers and 47 RBI.
Anthony Rizzo homers again to lead Cubs
Rizzo loves hitting at PNC Park and it appears as though he's quite fond of serving as the Cubs' leadoff hitter as well. He doubled to leadoff the game and scored the game's first run on an RBI double by Willson Contreras. Rizzo then singled and came around to score in the third inning, then crushed a two-run homer in the seventh. His recent hot streak has propelled his season slash up to .263/.395/.510 to go with 16 homers and 45 RBI.
Anthony Rizzo plates two runs in victory
Rizzo blasted what looked to be a leadoff home run for the third consecutive game on Friday, but it was overturned via video review, a fate that caused Cubs' skipper Joe Maddon to go ballistic and get tossed from the game. Rizzo still managed to come through in a big way though, delivering valuable insurance runs in a critical spot. He's now slashing .252/.391/.492 with 15 bombs and 43 RBI for the year.
Anthony Rizzo excels out of leadoff spot
Rizzo got the game started with a bang, launching a leadoff home run off of Zach Wheeler. He then showed impressive plate discipline his next trip, coaxing a bases loaded walk after falling behind in the count 0-2. Rizzo tacked on an RBI double in the third inning that increased the Cubs' advantage to 9-1. Look for him to be stationed atop the Cubs' lineup again on Wednesday.
Rizzo in leadoff spot for Cubs on Tuesday
Manager Joe Maddon is shaking things up in an effort to get his struggling offense going. Not surprisingly, it's the first time in his career that Rizzo has hit leadoff. Maddon has Jason Heyward hitting cleanup, Addison Russell in the No. 5 spot and Kyle Schwarber in the No. 6 spot. Ian Happ is playing second base and Ben Zobrist is on the bench.
Lots of wind and YELLOW/GREEN in NYM-ATL game highlight Sunday's MLB weather forecast
All in all, it's a pretty decent day for baseball across the Majors today with only one game checking in with any rain concerns whatsoever. That game comes to us in a matchup between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves at Suntrust Park where Kevin Roth currently has the risk graded as YELLOW/GREEN due to some isolated storms, though a delay shouldn't be considered likely. There are, however, a few games with strong winds and warm weather. These conditions are more of note at Wrigley Field for today's game between the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs, where winds are expected to be sustained around 20mph blowing out almost directly to center field. As Kevin Roth stated, this is essentially perfect hitting conditions once again and is the primary factor in the matchup's implied total increasing to 11.5 runs. Be sure to check out Kevin's full forecast on the MLB Weather page linked below. Also, don’t forget to follow Kevin Roth on Twitter, as he will be posting updates and answering questions there all season long, @KevinRothWx.
Anthony Rizzo reaches four times Friday
Rizzo singled and walked three times, scoring two of the Cubs' three times. His final walk of the day came with one out in the bottom of the ninth to load the bases, but Greg Holland escaped the jam by getting Ben Zobrist to pop up and Jason Heyward to strike out.