Rizzo needs to pick it up a notch
Let me say that I don’t have any real concern about Anthony Rizzo. Yes, he’s struggling at the plate. And no, he isn’t going to continue that way. But the Cubs need him to pick things up a bit with so many of their offensive weapons missing in action. As the weather warms up, so will Rizzo. I mean, he’s been hit four times already. That has to take a toll on the body in this weather. But his best days are ahead of him.
In his career, he averages a .248 in March/April. In May it bumps up to a .263. And come June he’s averaging a career-high .284. So it will take some time for him to come around. In May of last season, Rizzo hit just .194 for the month. Then in June, he found his way to a .320. He tailed off at the end of the season, batting just .236 in September and October. This would be where getting him some time off would be good in the long run.
Rizzo needs to get his at-bat’s where he can, but also take his breaks. He was one of the few that said the Cubs need to play fewer games. But he’s also the guy who goes out and plays on every one of them if he can. This is the middle ground that Rizzo needs to find for himself.