8/4 Rizzo focused on today

Anthony Rizzo won National League Rookie of the Month honors for July, but the Cubs first baseman has already turned the calendar.

“I try to focus on today, focus on my at-bats and my defense in the game,” Rizzo said Saturday. “When Oct. 3, or whenever the end of the season comes, I’ll look back on it.”

Since making his debut June 26, Rizzo was second among NL rookies with a .314 average behind the Rockies’ Jordan Pacheco (.327), but led in home runs (eight) and RBIs (20). He’s come a long way since last year when Rizzo batted .141 in 49 games with the Padres. Is he tired of the media asking to compare last year versus this season?

“It’s in my head all the time,” Rizzo said. “It’s hard to get it out of my mind. As much as I try, I think it takes time. It was a big part of my life and it was catastrophic how bad that was. It’s just about staying positive and keep going every day.”

Rizzo’s goal now is to show he can be consistent, improve on the field, at the plate. He’s moved on.

“Now it’s August, and then September, and hopefully in a few months, we’ll be talking about other things,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat

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