Anthony Rizzo, first baseman, Chicago Cubs
Rizzo sent everyone home happy on Monday with his walk-off single in Chicago’s home opener and seventh overall game of the season.
But what about those first six games? While the Cubs played at a respectable 4-2, their first baseman didn’t do a whole lot to help, especially in comparison to what he did to open 2016.
It may only be six games. But Anthony Rizzo's 2017 numbers are well below what he did in 2016. pic.twitter.com/F1rWLSx6i6
— Sportsnaut (@Sportsnaut) April 10, 2017
The 4-for-25 is noticeable (as is his 5-for-29 through Monday). But since Rizzo has never hit more than .292 in a season, we’re not too concerned with that.
The lack of power is what simply can’t be ignored. Rizzo has hit at least 31 home runs in each of his last three seasons. He’s slugged at .512 or better in each of those years.
So, we’d like to know where only one extra base hit, no home runs, and a .200 slugging percentage is coming from. More to the point, we’d like to see that turn around. It can’t happen soon enough, either.
Even though his team has not suffered and he provided a memorable moment to cap off a special opening night in Chicago, Rizzo would be hard pressed to decline the chance to reset the 2017 season.