Anthony Rizzo batting third in Cubs' debut

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger

Anthony Rizzo

We all know that Anthony Rizzo's call-up to the Cubs means the team will win the World Series tonight, but as if there weren't enough expectations on the shoulders of the 22-year-old first baseman/savior, he'll be batting third in his Chicago debut on Tuesday night.

Rizzo will be batting behind shortstop Starlin Castro, who has been moved to second in the lineup, while Bryan LaHair has moved to right field and is batting fifth.

Rizzo crushed Triple-A pitching this year, but he crushed Triple-A pitching a year ago before being called up to the Padres. In 49 games and 153 plate appearances for the Padres in 2011, Rizzo hit .141/.281/.242 with one home run. Rizzo was hitting .342/.405/.696 with 23 home runs for Triple-A Iowa. Last season he hit .331/.404/.652 with 26 home runs for the Padres' Triple-A team in Tucson, Ariz.

Last season, Rizzo made his debut on June 9 and went 1 for 2 with a triple in his first game. That was after he started the season with 16 home runs and a 1.159 OPS in 52 games, although it should be noted that Tucson is a ballpark conducive to big offensive numbers.

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