Anthony Rizzo

Chicago Cubs

Matchup vs. Yu Darvish :

Rizzo is slugging .579 in his last 203 PA's against right-handers with high flyball rates like Darvish over the last 2 seasons.

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  • Anthony Rizzo drives in decisive run

    Offense was hard to come by in this one, as the Cubs and Nats combined for just seven hits and three runs. The Cubs fell behind on Ryan Zimmerman's RBI double in the sixth inning, but they got a pinch-hit RBI single from Albert Almora in the seventh and Rizzo's decisive hit in the eighth that dropped into no man's land in between shortstop Trea Turner and outfielders Jayson Werth and Michael Taylor.

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  • Max Scherzer leads all of today's pitchers in all strikeout and ERA estimator related categories

    Max Scherzer is going to be the most difficult pitcher to get a grasp on. He tops the board with a 34.4 K% (five points above the second best pitcher), a 15.5 SwStr%, 2.51 ERA, 2.98 SIERA and 2.26 DRA and in none of those cases is it even particularly close. He's the most expensive pitcher on the board and is facing the offense with the second lowest implied run line (3.7). If standard Max Scherzer shows up, there's not much else to analyze. He may have the longest leash on the slate in a series tied at one with the oldest of old school managers in his dugout, not that his performance hasn't earned that right. However, he's been dealing with a myriad of injuries over the last few months, the most recent a hamstring issue that pushed this start back. One might have to wonder if he wouldn't be on the DL if it were still the regular season. The risk is that he either pitches through it with an effect on his performance or that injury is bad enough to force him out of the game early. What we do know is that LHBs were nearly competent against Scherzer this year (.299 wOBA, 16 HRs, 17.1 K-BB%, 32.8 GB%, 6.8 Hard-Soft%), while RHBs were dominated (.188 wOBA, six HRs, 39.2 K-BB%, 41.9 GB%, 7.2 Hard-Soft%). This particular Chicago lineup had a potent .341 wOBA, .191 ISO and 19.6 K% against RHP this year. If taking a chance with Cubs bats, you're hunting for a HR. That's likely either Anthony Rizzo (135 wRC+, .230 ISO vs RHP), who is $3.8K on either site, or Kyle Schwarber (109 wRC+, .276 ISO vs RHP) at just $2.7K on FanDuel. Rizzo does in fact hav a HR against Scherzer in nine PAs according to Baseball Savant. However, it's Ben Zobrist (94 wRC+, .152 ISO vs RHP) who has actually taken Scherzer deep three times 30 PAs. It may not be a stretch to say that Scherzer's health (or lack there of) could dictate this entire slate for daily fantasy purposes. Kevin's forecast has a slight wind blowing in from right/right-center around 10 miles per hour, but no other weather related impact on this game. Home plate umpire will be Fieldin Culbreth. In his 304 registered games behind the plate by Swish Analytics, available under Umpire Factors on RotoGrinders, players had a 19.1 K% and 8.5 BB%. A K-Boost of 1.09 and BB-Boost of 0.98, may make him a bit pitcher friendly.

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  • Rizzo hits two-run home run in Game 2 loss

    Rizzo unintentionally caused a bit of stir in the fourth inning when his long drive to right field was ruled a homer after a fan snagged it just above the wall. After review, it was indeed ruled a homer, as the ball clearly was going to leave the field of play regardless of the fan's (nice) catch. He's now got four RBI through the series' first two games, with the two teams heading back to Chicago tied 1-1 ahead of Game 3 Monday.

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  • Rizzo goes 2-for-4 with two RBI vs Nationals

    He was the only player on either team to get more than one hit in the pitchers' duel. The first baseman plated Kris Bryant with a single in the sixth inning. He doubled in Jon Jay with an insurance run in the eighth frame. The Cubs will face Gio Gonzalez in Game 2 tomorrow.

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  • Stephen Strasburg has the third best strikeout rate (29.1%) and SIERA (3.37) on today's board

    The Chicago Cubs have today's third lowest run line on the board (3.14), facing Stephen Strasburg, who has wrapped up potentially his best major league season (29.1 K%, 13 SwStr%, 2.52 ERA, 3.37 SIERA, 2.93 DRA are all third best among today's pitchers). Strasburg costs exactly $10.6K on either site, which makes him more expensive than Kershaw on FanDuel. Strasburg had very little split in terms of wOBA (both around .250) or ground ball rate (both around league average), though RHBs had a 30.8 Hard% against him, while LHBs had just a 23.8 Hard%. While exceptional, his 5.9 Hard-Soft% overall is only fifth best among today's eight pitchers. The Cubs were merely league average (100 wRC+) against RHP this year. The confirmed lineup for the Cubs has a .339 wOBA, .203 ISO and 20.8 K% vs RHP via PlateIQ. Kris Bryant (145 wRC+, .249 ISO vs RHP) may be the key to the Chicago lineup, considering RHBs did hit Strasburg slightly better this year. He costs around $4K on either site though. Willson Contreras (114 wRC+, .214 ISO vs RHP) costs less than $3K on FanDuel. Anthony Rizzo (135 wRC+) and Kyle Schwarber (109 wRC+) also exceeded a .200 ISO vs RHP this year. No other starter has a wRC+ above 100 or ISO above .190 against RHP this year, while Jason Heyward and Javier Baez are in their more for their defense than offense. Other things players will certainly want to consider here are weather, bullpen and umpiring. Kevin notes that it's slightly warmer than normal for this time of year in Washington, but there is nothing in the forecast that should provide a weather impact for the game. The Washington bullpen had a 21.9 K% that was just 21st in the majors. They were a mess for the majority of the season before being stabilized by the additions of Ryan Madson (33.3 K-BB%) and Sean Doolittle (19.5 K-BB%). It is now more middle of the road, but still lacks a multi-inning, post-season weapon that many other teams seem to have now. Cory Blaser will be calling the balls and strikes according to Yahoo Sports. According to Swish Analytics Umpire Factors, available on RotoGrinders, Blaser has been a fairly neutral umpire (0.99 K-Boost, 1.01 BB-Boost) in 203 opportunities with a 20.3 K% and 7.8 BB%.

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  • Rizzo, Bryant sitting out again for Cubs

    The Cubs have a couple more regulars in there Friday than they did Thursday in their first game after clinching the National League Central, but they're resting multiple players for the second straight day. In addition to Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward, Javier Baez and Addison Russell are also sitting out.

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  • Rizzo goes 2-for-4 with two runs scored Sat.

    The Cubs' three-hole hitter served in a table-setting capacity in this one, getting on base three times and twice being driven in by Albert Almora. The first baseman is having another elite fantasy season, slashing .281/.399/.527 with 32 home runs, 106 RBI, 96 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. The home runs and runs are career highs and he needs just three more RBI to match his high set last year.

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  • Rizzo leads 14-run barrage in win over Mets

    The Cubs have scored 31 runs in their past two games, thanks in no small part to Rizzo, who did a bit of everything in Thursday's affair. The two steals give him 10 for the season, just the second time in seven seasons he's hit the double-digit plateau. He's more familiar with the 30-homer mark, a hurdle he's cleared in each of the past four seasons. This one is shaping up to be his best in a number of offensive categories, though, with a few weeks to play; Rizzo is hitting .280/.397/.530 with 32 homers, 106 RBI, 93 runs scored and those 10 steals in 143 games this year.

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  • Pair of Twins (Dozier, Buxton) among top five overall projections against Brett Anderson

    The top five overall projected hitters via the RotoGrinders Player Projections are the same on both sites tonight with Brian Dozier (169 wRC+, .295 ISO vs LHP) on top against Brett Anderson, who has just a 46.3 GB% this year and a 51.8 Hard%. His 46% 95+ mph EV is highest on the board. RHBs have a .362 wOBA and 37.3 Hard% against him this year. He's joined by Byron Buxton (121 wRC+, .167 ISO vs LHP), who also cracks the top five tonight, a possible first for him. Anthony Rizzo (135 wRC+, .235 ISO vs RHP) against Seth Lugo (LHBs .325 wOBA, 35.9 Hard%), Rhys Hoskins (191 wRC+, .407 ISO vs RHP) against Vance Worley now (RHBs .400 wOBA, 33.6 Hard%), and Jose Altuve (163 wRC+, .211 ISO vs RHP) against Ricky Nolasco (RHBs .393 wOBA, 40.3 Hard%) are the remaining top five projected bats tonight. The Cleveland Indians find three bats (Francisco Lindor, Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Ramirez) among the next six against Jakob Junis. Without much in the way of expensive pitching tonight, players should have a bit more roster flexibility than normal, but Buxton doubles as a top value on FanDuel (3.66 Pt/$/K), along with Lonnie Chisenhall (3.71 Pt/$/K). He also projects strongly on a point per dollar basis on DraftKings (2.33 Pt/$/K), along with Nick Williams (2.5 Pt/$/K).

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  • The Cubs top an eight game Thursday night slate with a 5.82 implied run line against Seth Lugo

    It's a pitching deficient eight game slate on Thursday night with 10 of 16 teams currently implied between 4.8 and 5.8 runs with nobody below 3.66 at this moment. The Chicago Cubs have thrashed the Mets each of the last two nights and are the top projected offense on the board, a bit more than a quarter of a run ahead of the Yankees. Seth Lugo is certainly not the worst pitcher on the board, but his strikeout increase over the last month (24.6%) is not supported by an 8.3 SwStr% that is roughly equivalent to his season rate (8.5%). He generally struggles to go deep into games and the Met bullpen has been a mess. Lugo has almost no split with a wOBA between .325 and .327 to batters from either side with a 35% hard hit rate, though he gains five points on his ground ball rate against RHBs (45%). Among projected starters, only Jason Heyward and Javier Baez are below average hitters against RHP. The top six, as well as Alex Avila (138 wRC+, .220 ISO vs RHP), are all reasonably strong plays. Kris Bryant (139 wRC+, .245 ISO vs RHP) and Anthony Rizzo (135 wRC+, .235 ISO vs RHP) are the obvious top plays. The Yankees face Wade Miley, which may sound a bit better than it actually is. While RHBs do have a .366 wOBA against him this year, they have just a league average 31.4 Hard% and a 49.7 GB%. Over his last six starts though, he has a 21.2 K% and 54.2 GB% with a 4.1 Hard-Soft%. While his ERA is just 3.18 over this span, his estimators are a run higher due to a 12.3 BB%, while he’s failed to reach six innings in half of those starts. RHBs (125 BF) have a .331 wOBA, three HRs, an 8 K-BB%, 52.9 GB% and 21.2 Hard% over this span. The Yankees have a 17.7 HR/FB at home, but just a 96 wRC+ against LHP with a hard hit rate of 29.4% vs LHP and at home. That said, there are a few Yankees who have mashed LHP this year: Aaron Judge (144 wRC+, .273 ISO, 46.9 Hard%), Gary Sanchez (127 wRC+, .264 ISO, 37.5 Hard%), Matt Holliday (139 wRC+, .231 ISO, 41.5 Hard%) and Todd Frazier (115 wRC+, .295 ISO, 35.9 Hard%). Of that group, only Holliday (37.7%) has a fly ball rate below 42%.

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