Anthony Rizzo Looks Like Slumpy Slumperton in July, Can Still Turn it Around

With the Cubs trailing 4-3 in the top of 6th Wednesday afternoon, they managed to string together a pair of two-out singles and a walk to load the bases for Anthony Rizzo. This is normally the situation in which you’d want your cleanup hitter at the plate, especially one as historically consistent as Rizzo.

The de facto team captain worked a 2-1 count before swinging away at a slider and poking it to the third-base side of the mound. When it was evident that lefty reliever Ty Blach wasn’t going to be able to field the ball, most everyone watching was sure it would go for an infield single. But third baseman Chase d’Arnaud swooped and scooped to throw Rizzo out on a play that wasn’t particularly close.

It’s probably just that darn Baader-Meinhof phenomenon playing tricks on me, but rather than stand out as some anomaly, I chalked up Rizzo’s failure to leg out the hit as another in a series of disappointing outcomes. Maybe it was a simple matter of the Bunyan-esque first baseman lumbering too slowly even at top speed and there’s nothing to see here but frequency illusion.

But then you look at Rizzo biffing a …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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