Rizzo call-up could give Cubs the spark they need to not make history
The long awaited call-up of Anthony Rizzo to the Chicago Cubs has finally come. He will be in the starting lineup tonight (6/26/12) against the New York Mets, and is expected to start at first base for the rest of the season. Rizzo has dominated Triple-A pitching with 23 homers, 62 RBI, .342 AVG, and a .405 OBP.
Many Cubs fans have waited for this move believing that Rizzo will be a savior for the team ASAP. However I’m just looking for his bat to be enough for the club to only lose 102 games. Let’s face it Cubs fans, this year was never meant to be anything more than a year to get pieces in place for the future. However when I saw the Cubs were on pace to set the franchise record for most losses in a season, I was alarmed. Having good young talent waiting in the minors but saying they aren’t good enough for a team with the most losses in 103 years doesn’t exactly fuel optimism for the future.
Enter Rizzo. Now, I’m not saying he’s going to be a savior and lift this team to a division contender. He’s not. However, the fact that no pitchers in the majors know his tendencies or how to really attack him, he is going to see a lot of pitches he likes, and with his hot bat he could lift the Cubs to some wins. All the Cubs need is a decent winning streak and they will avoid making history in the worst kind of way.