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Anthony Rizzo’s Go-Ahead Home Run Sends Cardinals Home, Cubs To NLCS (Video)

Anthony Rizzo did it again. After going hitless in the first two games of the National League Divisional Series, the Chicago Cubs first baseman delivered a big home run to down the St. Louis Cardinals in a historic Game 3 win. He picked up where he left off Tuesday, putting the Cubs ahead for good. Chicago won the game 6-4 and advanced to the National League Championship Series...
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo, Bruised Into History

This season, Anthony Rizzo has obliterated 30 baseballs into the seats for home runs. As of last night, in perfect symmetry, 30 baseballs have exacted revenge for their wounded brothers by hitting Anthony Rizzo. This is a rare accomplishment. Is this an accomplishment? This is a rare accomplishment. Until now, only one player had ever before reached that particular 30/30 threshold...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo Opened Up the Lower Half

It would be easy to argue Anthony Rizzo hasn’t gotten better. It wouldn’t even be an insult — last year’s version of Rizzo was super good. Not many people could improve on that. The wRC+? Down, from 155 to 147. The defense remains above-average. Rizzo seems like the same player. And he is, as a matter of fact, still quite similar. But it’s also pretty easy to argue Rizzo’s...
Via Fangraphs
September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Can Rizzo Really Hit Lefties This Well?

Earlier this week, fellow BP Wrigleyville writer Matt Trueblood and I had a fun conversation on Twitter regarding Anthony Rizzo’s true hitting prowess versus left-handers. The crux of our “argument” rested in my belief that Rizzo can continue to hit lefties as well as he has this season, while Matt casts a bit of side-eye due to the small sample of plate appearances and the...
Via BP Wrigleyville
September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo hands out orange slices in Cubs dugout (Video)

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was seen passing out orange slices to his teammates and coaches during the fifth inning of Wednesday's game against Cincinnati. Orange slices are a common sight at youth sporting events, but you rarely professional athletes at the professional level eating them during games, if ever. Cubs broadcasters even joked that Rizzo was playing the...
Via Holdout Sports
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo makes incredible catch in foul territory (Video)

Anthony Rizzo is know for his exploits with a bat in his hands, but on Wednesday he made one of the better catches you’ll see on a ball in foul territory. In the top of the sixth inning, Ryan Braun hit a pop fly down the first base line that looked destined to land among the crowd. However, Rizzo had other ideas. He tracked the ball towards the wall, jumped up on the tarp, stepped...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Anthony Rizzo climbs onto tarp for great catch

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo isn’t just a great hitter – he’s got a fantastic glove as well. Check out what he did in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s Brewers-Cubs game during a Ryan Braun at bat. That’s….impressive. Quite impressive. Ironically, in his first at bat after the play, Rizzo would pop out…to first base…in foul territory. The post Anthony...
Via The Outside Corner
August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo Deftly Avoids Tag With Impressive Ninja Slide (Video)

Many have tried, but only few have succeeded. On Wednesday, Anthony Rizzo joined that elite group. We’re talking, of course, about the “ninja slide,” accomplished by creatively contorting one’s body to avoid a sure out. Rizzo found the need to deploy the tactic in the ninth inning of the Chicago Cubs’ game against the New York Mets, when Starlin...
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo, Now Featuring an Elite Strikeout Rate

The 2014 version of Anthony Rizzo would be great enough for just about any team out there: lots of walks, power, and contact. If you were trying to build him into the model of a superstar, the only knock against him would be that he basically didn’t run, but he’s promptly taken care of that this […]
Via Fangraphs
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Are the Chicago Cubs for real?

Being a lifelong Cubs fan, I can finally say I’m excited to watch the rest of the season play out. In years past, the Cubs would have been 12.5 games back already and out of the playoff hunt, even with months of baseball yet to be played. This year is different though, as this young Cubs team, coming off a four-game sweep of the New York Mets, sit only 5 games back of the division...
May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

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