Anthony Rizzo: Leadoff Move an Early Success for Cubs


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Anthony Rizzo has reached base in all 5 of his leadoff at-bats. (Getty)

Anthony Rizzo led off Sunday’s recreation with a double towards Jameson Tailon and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rizzo has now reached base in all 5 of his at-bats to start out a recreation since shifting to leadoff for the Chicago Cubs. Rizzo has two residence runs, a stroll, a single, and now a double main off video games.

Rizzo homered in his first two leadoff at-bats and virtually had a third-straight leadoff homerun, however his lengthy fly was dominated foul in a controversial call. Rizzo would have develop into the primary participant to hit residence runs to steer off three consecutive video games since Brady Anderson of the Orioles completed the feat in 4 consecutive video games in 1996.

Rizzo joked that he was the “biggest leadoff hitter of all-time,” after amassing residence runs in his first two leadoff at-bats.

Rizzo has tied his profession excessive, getting successful in twelve-straight video games. Together with his two for 3 up to now as we speak, Rizzo is batting .405 with 2 house runs and 9 RBIs in his final 11 video games. The 33-34 Cubs are 2-2 and lead immediately within the battle inning towards the Pirates since Rizzo took over at leadoff (Will replace as recreation progresses).

The defending World Collection Champion Chicago Cubs have been looking for a leadoff batter all season since dropping final yr’s leadoff batter, Dexter Fowler, to free company. Fowler was a catalyst for the Cubs, batting .276 with a .393 OBP, .840 OPS and 84 runs in 456 at-bats.

The Cubs turned some heads once they determined to start out the season with slugger Kyle Schwarber batting within the leadoff place. Schwarber struggled in the spot, batting .185 with a .304 OBP, .356 SLG, .660 OPS and 48 strikeouts in 146 at-bats.

Regardless of their struggles up to now, the Cubs are solely 2.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for first place within the N.L. Central.