Rizzo went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Mariners.
Rizzo hit his first spring home run, joining Joc Pederson in slugging a two-run shot for Chicago. The 31-year-old first baseman had his $16.5 million team option picked up during the offseason, and he'll look to bounce back this year after posting a .756 OPS in 2020, his worst mark since 2013.
Rizzo's option was picked up by the Cubs on Saturday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Rizzo will earn $16.5 million in 2021. Even after a disappointing season that saw him hit just .222/.342/.414, and even with a depressed market predicted for this winter, the decision was likely an easy one for the Cubs, as they bring back a team leader who has a long track record of success for the club. Just 31 years old, there's reason to believe Rizzo will demonstrate next season that his 2020 struggles were more of a small-sample blip than the start of a dramatic aging curve. It's certainly not out of the question that he could return to something close to his form from 2019, when he hit .293/.405/.520 with 27 homers.
Rizzo is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox.
The Cubs have nothing really to play for in the regular-season finale with their playoff seeding set, so they will give Rizzo, Javier Baez, Ian Happ and others the day off. Jason Kipnis will serve as the first baseman against righty Reynaldo Lopez.
Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 2-1 defeat to the Pirates.
Rizzo opened up the game with a solo shot to right field to put the Cubs up 1-0, but he was unable to reach base for the remainder of the night. The big lefty has homered in back-to-back contests as he now stands at a .221/.336/.415 slash line with 11 home runs, 24 RBI and 26 runs scored across 232 plate appearances.
Rizzo went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Pirates.
Rizzo's 10th home run of the season was all the offense the Cubs could muster. The first baseman is having a down year by his standards with a .741 OPS, which would be his lowest mark since coming to Chicago in 2012, but he can quickly put that behind him if he performs well in the upcoming postseason.
Rizzo isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Brewers.
Rizzo has been in a slump recently as he's gone just 3-for-24 with a home run, three RBI, one walk and one strikeout over the past six games. He'll get a day off Saturday as Kris Bryant shifts to first base with David Bote starting at third.
Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Cardinals.
Rizzo took Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson deep in the first inning, almost straight to center field. The long ball was Rizzo's ninth of the year and first since he slugged a pair Aug. 29 versus the Reds. The first baseman has added 18 RBI, 22 runs scored and a stolen base through 40 games.
Rizzo is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader with the Cardinals.
Rizzo went 0-for-4 in Saturday's first game, so manager David Ross decided to hold him out of the lineup for the nightcap. David Bote will start at first base in Rizzo's place.
Rizzo went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored Wednesday against the Pirates.
Rizzo beat a drawn in Pirates' infield to collect a two-RBI single in the seventh inning. With the performance, he now has at least one hit in nine of his last 10 games, racking up three home runs with eight RBI and six runs scored in that span. Overall, Rizzo is hitting .232/.366/.456 across 153 plate appearances for the season.
Rizzo went 2-for-3 with two solo home runs in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Reds.
Yu Darvish was busy shutting down the Cincy offense in an eventual 3-0 win, so Rizzo's blasts were all the offense the Cubs would need. Although a 5-for-39 (.147) skid over his prior nine games sabotaged his overall slash line, the veteran first baseman headed into the nightcap Saturday with eight homers and 15 RBI through 32 games.
Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Reds.
His first-inning long ball off Tyler Mahle snapped a 12-game homerless streak. Rizzo's walk and strikeout rates have held up throughout his recent cold stretch, and Statcast has him close to career norms in terms of xwOBA and xwOBA on contact. Rizzo has not sat yet this season and may be due for some time off soon, though he will likely lobby manager David Ross to play both ends of Saturday's twin bill.
Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, two RBI and a run scored Saturday against the Brewers.
Rizzo smacked his fifth home run -- a solo shot -- of the season in the first inning off Adrian Houser. One frame later, he added an RBI double to continue his strong performance. For the season, he's hitting .254/.405/.509 with nine RBI and 12 runs scored across 79 plate appearances.
Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk and two runs scored Wednesday against Cleveland.
Rizzo took Carlos Carrasco deep to lead off the third inning, his fourth home run of the season. He had been in a bit of a power drought of late, as he had no extra-base hits in his last 10 contests, dating back to July 27. Still, Rizzo has managed a .400 on-base percentage despite racking up just 12 hits in 65 plate appearances.
Rizzo went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a walk during Friday's 6-3 win over the Pirates.
Rizzo smacked a two-RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring Nico Hoerner and Ian Happ. The slugging first baseman has hit safely in five of Chicago's first seven games and, even though he is still searching for his first multi-hit game of the season, he has already racked up three homers and five RBI in only 20 at-bats.
Rizzo went 1-for-2 with a walk, a solo home run and three runs scored in Monday's 8-7 win over the Reds.
The veteran slugger has kicked 2020 off with a bang, going yard in three of the first four games. It's slightly disappointing that all three homers have come with the bases empty, but Rizzo made up for that Monday by coming around to score two additional times. As long as his back holds up, he should be able to continue staking an early claim to the NL home run crown during the shortened season.
Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Brewers.
That's two home runs in three games for Rizzo, a welcome sign given the back issues he dealt with during summer camp. The Cubs will likely use Victor Caratini some at first base to keep Rizzo fresh, but the latter looks healthy to begin the 2020 season and should post big numbers batting second in a strong Chicago lineup.
Rizzo went 1-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored in Friday's 3-0 win over the Brewers.
Rizzo batted second and was productive in a game in which the Cubs only recorded five total hits. The slugging first baseman missed some time in summer camp due to a back issue, but he looks healthy to begin the season. The team might still get Victor Caratini some starts at first to keep Rizzo fresh during the 60-game sprint.
Rizzo (back) went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's scrimmage against the Twins.
Rizzo has been dealing with back problems for most of summer camp and recently missed some exhibition contests, but he looked comfortable in his return to the lineup. The 30-year-old seems ready to go for the regular season, though his back will be worth monitoring during a condensed schedule that is light on off days.
Rizzo (back) will bat second and play first base in Wednesday's final exhibition game against the Twins, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
Rizzo has been dealing with back problems for most of summer camp, an issue that isn't new for him. He took live batting practice Tuesday and will get some game action in Wednesday. If he gets through the exhibition contest without issues, expect him to be on the field for Friday's Opening Day game against the Brewers.
Rizzo (back) took live batting practice Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Rizzo has battled back issues over the past two weeks, though he remains in contention for Opening Day. Assuming he checks out fine following Tuesday's workout, he could be cleared to play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Twins.
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