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Chicago Cubs: Five predictions for the 2017 season

Oct 8, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Fans hold up "W" flags after the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants in game two of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 8, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Fans hold up "W" flags after the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants in game two of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Rizzo wins his first batting title

This is one where I’m going out on a limb a bit. But I have my reasons, so bear with me. First, he’ll have to hope the Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto has an off month or two to allow him the chance. But Rizzo has made a habit of adjusting his approach each year of his career. Last year I predicted he and Kris Bryant would be 1-2 in the NL in home runs. They didn’t quite get that, but I think that’s where you’ll see Rizzo make his adjustments.

If you’re a Cubs’ fan, you’re very aware of the way Rizzo cuts down on his swing with two strikes. Knowing the lineup that he has behind him, I think he’ll make some changes to his approach–and his average will climb while his home run total may take a dip. Now, when I say a “dip”, I mean possibly below 30. But Rizzo is a capable hitter and may be able to make the changes necessary and not see the home run total drop.

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