8/29 Rizzo gets breather

Cubs rookie first baseman Anthony Rizzo did not start Wednesday to give him a chance to work with hitting coach James Rowson and get back on track. Rizzo was batting .211 (8-for-38) in his last 11 games with one double as his only extra-base hit and three RBIs.

“He’s not feeling right at the plate and it’s snowballing a little bit now so you want to stop that from snowballing any further and let him kick back and work with [Rowson] today and get things ironed out,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

Part of the problem, Sveum said, is Rizzo may be “thinking too much and trying to do too much all the time instead of just letting it happen.”

Rizzo was the National League Rookie of the Month in July, batting .330 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs in 25 games. He’s hit one home run in August.

“Who knows the reason why,” Sveum said of the dropoff in power numbers. “To me, it’s more a young man who got here and was obviously on top of the world and doing everything, and unfortunately, sometimes in this game, if you try to tell some young guys that for some reason, when you’re going good, you’re putting yourself in line for a slump sometimes. Why that happens is a million dollar question in hitting — why all of a sudden you’re on top of the world and the next day you feel like you’re on ice skates in the batter’s box. That’s why you give guys day off and give them a chance to regroup.”

– Carrie Muskat

4 Comments

as long as his timing is on then movement is fine. When and if he would hit a slump , sure that would be the first thing to change. You’ll notice with Rizzo his hand placement is a little lower which is one reason he has such quick hands.

barnay is only bright spot in horrible season…..come on epstein….so something

I believe your wife is going crazy that you are still watching the Cubs at this point of the season.

frame by frame….really? Time to get a new hobby.

All we do is make innocent comments and state our opinions….why must there be such criticism toward how a CUB FAN (we are ALL Cub fans, that may be our ONLY common thread!) ENJOYS viewing a Cub game? I took it as ONE at bat was watched frame by frame…out of curiosity NOT Obsession. It is not up to any of us to detrmine if a fellow Cubs fan’s spouse is going crazy…it’s NOT LITERAL. Geez, a grain of salt would do us some all good. I hope Mamma Mia and the “crazy wife” continue to enjoy the Cubs’ games in whatever fashion they choose. The invitation to “chime-in” was not an invitation to criticize HOW fans choose to BE A FAN, but to opine regarding RIZZO’S BATTING STANCE/STYLE. I’ll chime-in…I agree Mamma, Rizzo’s style can be a little unsettling with all is “wriggling” and “movement”. Not to be criticized because he still hits well, it’s just unusual and begs for raised eyebrows, tha’s about it.

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