8/27 No Rizzo vs. Kershaw
Anthony Rizzo is looking much better at the plate, which is why Dale Sveum didn’t want the first baseman to get out of whack against Clayton Kershaw.
“It’s just a good day,” Sveum said about giving Rizzo a breather Tuesday. “He’s swinging the bat much better now. I want to give him a few days off here and there, and this was a good one to give him off.”
Kershaw is holding left-handed hitters to a .148 batting average.
“He’s the best in the game,” Rizzo said of the Dodgers lefty. “It’d be kind of fun to face him. It’s a good day to take off. I get the day off today, play [Wednesday] and a day off the next day, so it’s a little blow.”
Right-handers aren’t having much luck against Kershaw either. They’re batting .191 this season.
“He’s the best in the game, he’s the best left-hander pitching in the game,” Rizzo said. “It’s someone I’d like to face. I’ve faced him before. I’ll just watch how he pitches, and one day I’m going to be facing him and I’ll be ready for it.”
— Carrie Muskat