Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo should ignite offense in Milwaukee

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During the series opener in Miami, the Chicago Cubs came out swinging, clubbing three homers. Now, with a trip to Milwaukee, they’re looking to find their stride again.

The regular season is barely opening its eyes, and some fans are about ready to jump ship. Do not lose faith in these Chicago Cubs. Tonight, the fourth-place North Siders will begin a four-game weekend set with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Which is good news considering how well Anthony Rizzo hits against his own division. Over the past three-years, Anthony has been on a tear, earning awards and even a World Series title.

You know, for those living under a massive rock out in the middle of nowhere.

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Continuing on, Chicago’s 28-year-old veteran enters tonight’s series with hopes of igniting an offense that has been quiet.

An offense that has been struggling to plate runs since Saturday’s extra-innings contest, let alone string together hits to do so.

So, how quick will things turn around during this four-game set with the second-place Milwaukee Brewers?

A surprise 2017 club that put up a hefty fight for the division title and is expected to make another strong push to dethrone the Cubs in 2018.

Following the additions of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, they certainly have the talent to do exactly that. Still, the odds remain in favor of the Cubs who are looking to clinch three consecutive times.

Put it on his tab

Entering tonight’s showdown, Rizzo has recorded a total of 78 hits, 22 homers, 41 RBI, 19 walks, and 21 runs in 189 at-bats at Miller Park. By far some of his best road numbers against any team he has faced in his big league career.

However, 2017 was a bit of a slow ride when Joe Maddon and company made a trip up north. Rizzo’s performance took a bit of a bump, having only six hits, one double, triple, and three RBI in 34 plate appearances.

Numbers that should be motivation enough to get things going again. Being the fearless leader of this young club, Anthony is always looking to set an example for his teammates. Something he has done reasonably well thus far.

Prediction for the series

Come Sunday; when it’s all said and done, I’m fully expecting whoever is on the mound to avoid Rizzo at all costs. Looking at his totals, aside from 2017, it is only a matter of time until No. 44 unleashes his wrath on this particular division foe.

Next: Could Yelich miss the entire series?

How well will he do? Don’t expect anything less than three homers and at least seven RBI as the Cubs put up an early fight for the Central lead. Their bullpen has been spectacular to begin the year so it’s up to Anthony and his comrades to provide.

Be prepared to Fly The W again, Cubs’ fans. Let’s do this.