The Chicago Cubs won their third straight game as Mike Montgomery was sharp in his first win as a starter this year. Anthony Rizzo did it again, homering in the first to remain perfect as a leadoff hitter.
The Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo has taken nicely to the leadoff spot. And with the Cubs winning their third in a row, why change? Rizzo hit his third leadoff home run of the week in support of Mike Montgomery‘s strong start. He went six innings, allowing just three hits while striking out four. Ian Happ added a solo home run in the eighth for his ninth on the year. The Cubs will go for the sweep on Wednesday in a matinee game.
Rizzo was told by MLB’s chief baseball officer Joe Torre that he was indeed in violation of the slide rule on Monday night. However, Torre did not feel that Rizzo was malicious in his intent and chose not to fine or suspend him for any length of time. Many felt that Rizzo would be the first to receive a suspension under the rule, but the rule has not yet been enforced. No player has been fined or suspended under Rule 7.13.
Recently, the Cubs Jake Arrieta admitted that the heavy workload the last few seasons have taken their toll on him. He admits that he isn’t injured, but feels it’s taking his body longer to recover to get back to 100%. While he has had one of the heaviest workloads over the last two seasons, is this a reason for his struggles? Or is this an excuse for a pitcher that’s about to hit the open market after this season?
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