Rizzo went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and three RBI in Saturday's 9-8 extra-inning loss to the Tigers.
It's been a relatively slow start for Rizzo, but he's shown more signs of life in May, as he has an .870 OPS this month compared to the .768 mark he posted in April. Those numbers aren't too far off from the .756 OPS Rizzo recorded in the shortened 2020 season, but he had a .925 OPS in his last full season back in 2019. Still just 31 years old, the slugging first baseman is certainly capable of upping his production the rest of the way.
Rizzo went 1-for-1 with a walk and an RBI in Wednesday's 6-5, extra-innings win over the Dodgers.
Rizzo didn't start the game but he was able to finish it, delivering a walkoff hit against Garrett Cleavinger in the bottom of the 11th inning. After the heroics, the first baseman should be back in the starting lineup for the Cubs' next game Friday, as this was his first day off this season. Rizzo is slashing .231/.336/.444 through his first 108 at-bats.
Rizzo isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.
Rizzo will be on the bench for the first time this season after he went 3-for-13 with a home run, a triple, two runs, two RBI and three strikeouts in the last three games. Kris Bryant will shift to first base while Matt Duffy starts at third.
Rizzo went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's 13-12 loss to the Reds.
Rizzo is now up to five home runs through 28 games though he's batting only .222 with a .765 OPS, so he's not reached his usual level of production quite yet. Fantasy managers will just want to remain patient, as the first baseman's track record suggests that he'll heat up as the season progresses.
Rizzo went 3-for-6 in Thursday's 9-3 win over Atlanta.
All three hits were singles, and Rizzo was unable to score any of the Cubs' nine runs, but it was still a solid night. He also hit leadoff for the second straight game, which could quickly become a more regular thing if he continues to excel in that spot. Ian Happ, who started the season as the team's leadoff hitter, was out of the lineup for the second straight day. When he returns, it will be interesting to see how the Cubs' batting order shakes out.
Rizzo went 1-for-4 in Wednesday's 10-0 loss to Atlanta.
The batting line and final score are nothing to write home about, but more noteworthy here is the fact that Rizzo batted leadoff. It was his first time doing so this season, though the Cubs have experimented with this in the past. Ian Happ didn't start in this one -- and he could potentially return to the top of the order -- but Chicago is 10-14 and looking for an offensive spark. If Rizzo can help provide it from the leadoff spot, he may be able to stick there.
Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a home run, one double, two RBI and two runs in Friday's 15-2 win over the Brewers.
Rizzo put the Cubs on the board with an RBI double in the first inning before he hit a solo blast with one out in the second. The 31-year-old is now slashing .246/.359/.508 with four home runs, 12 runs and seven RBI to begin the season.
Rizzo went 1-for-2 with three walks, three runs scored and an RBI in Wednesday's 16-4 win over the Mets.
Rizzo displayed great patience at the plate and contributed to the dominant Chicago win. While the star first baseman hasn't produced to his typical levels yet, the fact that he's seemingly seeing the ball well is a good sign that big numbers could be coming soon.
Rizzo went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs in Sunday's 13-4 loss to Atlanta.
Atlanta jumped on Chicago with four home runs in the first inning and ran away with the game, but Rizzo was able to respond with a little power of his own, taking Bryse Wilson deep twice in the first three innings. The first baseman is up to three home runs this season and has been locked in lately, as he's riding a five-game hitting streak. Three of the five games have been multi-hit performances, helping Rizzo push his batting average up to .250.
Rizzo went 1-for-3 with two walks in Friday's loss to Atlanta.
Like many of Chicago's regulars, Rizzo is struggling with a .182 batting average through 13 games, but he's at least been able to record a hit in three straight contests. The slugging first baseman is too talented to stay down for long, so fantasy managers will just need to remain patient and hope a hot streak is around the corner.
Rizzo went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Brewers.
While Rizzo didn't score a run or drive anyone in, it was still a productive day for the veteran first baseman. Perhaps this will help him get going, as he's still batting just .162 even after the two-hit performance. Before Tuesday, Rizzo had gone 0-for-11 across his last three games. He's too talented to stay down for much longer, so fantasy managers may want to see if they can buy low before a full-blown hot streak.
Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Pirates.
Rizzo was off to slow start, slashing just .105/.250/.158 through six games coming into Thursday, so his first home run of the season was a welcome sight. Kris Bryant and Javier Baez also went deep in the win, and if all three players get going, the Cubs could have a fairly strong offensive attack, with Rizzo right in the center of the action.
Rizzo went 0-for-3 with a walk in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers and is slashing just .105/.250/.158 through six games.
Rizzo delivered an RBI double on Opening Day and had another hit in the Cubs' second game, but he's gone hitless since then. The Chicago lineup is struggling across the board, which was a trend during the 2020 season as well. Rizzo is clearly talented enough to get hot in a hurry, but so far he hasn't provided much to fantasy managers.
Rizzo went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Thursday's loss to the Pirates.
Chicago managed just two hits all day, with Rizzo and Eric Sogard both recording doubles. The veteran first baseman batted third, and when his talented teammates get going, he should be able to rack up plenty of runs and RBI from his prime lineup spot.
Rizzo and the Cubs have not agreed to a contract extension during spring training and remain far apart in negotiations, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
There was some thought that the two sides might reach a deal during the spring, but now it looks like Rizzo will play out the last year of his contract and become a free agent next offseason. The Cubs are potentially looking at a rebuild, with big decisions coming on cornerstone players such as Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez. A lot will depend on how the team performs this year, and if Chicago falls out of contention, Rizzo could find himself with a new organization sooner versus later.
Rizzo, who slotted in as the No. 3 hitter for Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Padres, could hit there regularly this season, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Willson Contreras batted second Wednesday and might do the same during the regular season, and manager David Ross has hinted that he will bat Rizzo third and Kris Bryant fourth. The Cubs have a strong lineup on paper, though a lot of their big names struggled in 2020. If they get back on track, Rizzo should be able to post strong numbers from the premium lineup spot.
Rizzo said he is "very optimistic" about reaching a contract extension with the Cubs during spring training, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The star first baseman is set to become a free agent next offseason unless he and the Cubs agree on an extension. Rizzo is currently playing on a $16.5 million team option for the 2021 season, and he'll be looking to bounce back after his OPS dipped to .756 during the shortened 2020 season, his lowest mark since 2013.
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.
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