When Chicago Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon slotted Anthony Rizzo in the leadoff spot, some of us thought he had lost it. Well, we were wrong. The “out of the box” has worked and easily could have had the Cubs on a two-game win streak.
Last season, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series due to many of the decisions made on the field. Some weren’t always so common, but he found a way to make them work. So when he put Anthony Rizzo in the leadoff spot, why would we even question it? Even though the Cubs one just one of the two games, it was no fault of Rizzo’s as he homered to lead off both games.
The Cubs have been in search of a leadoff man all season. The hope was that Kyle Schwarber would take to it (He seemed like an odd choice), but that didn’t work out for the Cubs. Ben Zobrist has had some success, but his ailing wrist may keep him out of the lineup and possibly to the DL. So the logical choice was of course–Anthony Rizzo. For the time being, could this be Rizzo’s spot?
The possibility of Zobrist making a trip to the DL is very real, and the Cubs should find that out today. But one player that shouldn’t be affected is Ian Happ. If the Cubs do indeed send Zobrist to the DL, a few possible candidates would be Tommy La Stella or Jeimer Candelario. Both capable, but neither are going to take away at-bats from Happ.
These and other stories you might have missed:
‘It’s time for us to eat some crow over Rizzo’ – Cubbies Crib
‘So you want Rizzo to lead off? Let’s talk about it’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Longest active All-Star snubs’ – Sports on Earth
‘A Zobrist DL stint won’t affect Happ’ – Cubbies Crib
‘What to do with a struggling Lackey?’ – Cubbies Crib