Rizzo went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and two runs scored Sunday against the Padres. Rizzo enjoyed a productive weekend series against the Padres, totaling six hits -- including three doubles -- two runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base in 14 at-bats. He's suffered from a disappointing first-half of the season, highlighted by a paltry .401 slugging percentage, though he does rank sixth in the National League with 61 RBI.
Rizzo is on the bench Tuesday against the Giants. The first baseman has struggled lately, going hitless in his last three games and hitting just .224/.306/.303 over his last 20. Victor Caratini will start at first base in his place.
Rizzo, who went 0-for-5 with a strikeout in Sunday's win over the Reds, is now batting 4-for-22 (.182 average) in July. Rizzo hasn't hit his usual stride yet this season, as he's now batting .244 with a .748 OPS. Both of those would be his lowest marks since 2013, which was his second season in Chicago. Since then, Rizzo hasn't posted an average lower than .273 or an OPS lower than .899. Despite his struggles to date, the 28-year-old's track record suggests a better second half is a distinct possibility.
Rizzo is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers. Three of the Cubs' top left-handed bats in Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward will all be spectators for the Fourth of July matinee game with lefty Francisco Liriano on the bump for Detroit. The newly recalled Victor Caratini will draw the start at first base in place of Rizzo, who rested just once over the Cubs' previous 27 games.
Rizzo went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and three RBI in Thursday's 11-5 win over the Dodgers. It was Rizzo's first multi-hit performance since June 15 and his first three RBI game since May 28. The lefty slugger brought his season average up to .243 with 53 RBI and 23 extra-base hits.