The thought Anthony Rizzo’s short, compact-swing would keep him out of prolonged slumps has been true thus far. But the rookie entered the series finale at Colorado on Thursday hitless over his last three games (0-for-11)–marking the first time this season he’s gone more than two-games without a hit.
Prior to his mini-slump, however, Rizzo raised his batting average eight-points (.286-.294), increased his on-base percentage 14-points (.333 – .347) and improved his OPS from .786 to .818 during an 18-game stretch from Sept. 3rd through Sept. 22nd.
That run came to an end with an 0-for-4 outing against the Cardinals last Sunday and continued through the first two-games at Colorado.
Rizzo drew a walk in his first at-bat yesterday before laying wood to a solo home run to right field in the top of the third inning–breaking his mini-slump and ending an 0-for-7 skid on the road trip. He finished the day 3-for-5 with 2 RBI, 2 walks and 1 run scored. And just like that, Rizzo’s slump, if we even want to call it one, is oh-vah!
Here’s the really cool part though, Rizzo’s numbers with Chicago through his first 81-games (exactly half a full season) projects out to 29 HR, 24 doubles and 90 RBI. Not as if we needed further proof this kid’s a legit big leaguer with all the makings of a future star.