7/5 What if …
Since he was promoted June 26, Anthony Rizzo has reached base in each of his first eight games, he’s hit safely in seven of those games, and is 5-for-12 with two home runs. Does Dale Sveum ever think about what it would have been like if Rizzo was on the team at the start of the season?
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t,” Sveum said Thursday. “It’s obviously a more dynamic offensive team. We’re getting to that plateau a little more of scoring four or more runs in a game which gives you a heck of a lot better chance.”
The Cubs are averaging 5.4 runs per win this season, and averaging 2.6 runs per loss. They’re also 6-2 since Rizzo arrived.
“Sure you think about [what might have been],” Sveum said. “You think about what if [Luis] Valbuena was here all year, being able to produce like he has and the defense he has. You think, but that’s not how baseball works.”
Valbuena has taken over at third base for injured Ian Stewart, who will have surgery on his left wrist Tuesday and is likely done for the season. He’s only batting .215, but he’s driven in 13 runs in 19 games.
— Carrie Muskat