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Anthony Rizzo Day was a winner for the Cubs.

Anthony Rizzo didn’t deliver any elevator babies or end terrorism in his Cubs debut, but he did have a pretty great night. He looked slick in the field, and had a single (originally scored an error, but it was certainly close enough to be called a hit) and a double (that probably could have been called a single and advancing on a throw).

As good as Rizzo was, Randy Wells was not. He couldn’t hit his spots – hell, he couldn’t even hit the strike zone against the opposing pitcher who was trying to bunt – and he once again allowed an insane number of base runners in his short outing. As he walked off the mound, I was pretty certain we’d seen the last of Randy Wells starting for the Cubs this year. Maybe ever.

  • Featherstone

    Rizzo went 2 for 4 with a single and a double. Called it. (Who cares if was added an insane amount by the scorer)

  • EB

    Rizzzzoooo!!!! I love how he holds his hands when he’s batting. Reminds me of a batting stance from yesteryear. Go cubbies! Let’s get this sweep!

  • Bren

    throughout this guys whole career all Im going to think of is Frank Rizzo of Jerkyboys fame

    • TWC

      No kidding, right? That kills me.

    • Steve

      He sure did seem calm. I guess after you KICK CANCER IN THE BALLS.. you kinda get a confident air about you.

  • Internet Random

    Rizzowned™

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Too late. Already wrote it on Facebook. It’s mine. I own it. I Rizzown it.

      • Internet Random

        Damn. (I miss a lot of stuff by not doing MyFace.)

        • Cubbie Blues

          MyFace is gone too. I’ve used it for a couple of years now. The rights are assumed.

          • TWC

            All your face are belong to me.

      • hansman1982

        But you didn’t tm it…

  • Mysterious4th

    I really hope rizzo is the real deal and that with him coming up it kinda kick starts the team. Instead of losing 2 of 3 they’ll lose 5 of 10…..yes my beer is half full, not half empty!

    • Cubbie Blues

      No, the glass is twice the size it needs to be.

    • JasonB

      So you’re suggesting that Rizzo is worth 1.6 wins over every ten games. Over the course of 162 games, that makes him a 27 win player. In Babe Ruth’s best year, he was a 15 win player and in his age 22 season, he was a two win player.

      At least we aren’t putting too much pressure on the guy…

  • Dan

    Whats up with Randy? Man, I can’t believe he turned into garbage. Glad Rizzo got off to a good start.

  • willis

    Wells was/is disappointing. But the bullpen was nails and Rizzo had a great debut. Another good win for the Cubs. F the #1 pick, I like seeing wins.

    • rcleven

      Even with Rizzo I don’t doubt we will be in the running. We cant play SD and the Mets for the rest of the year.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

    Another pretty good game for Clevenger as well.

    • rcleven

      Clevenger could not have caught a better game. Multiple throws to second right on the bag.Soto should be looking over his shoulder.

      • Cubbie Blues

        Couldn’t agree more with this. You never know what your going to get year to year with Soto.

  • MichCubFan

    Rizzo almost reminds me of a bad Snoop Dogg joke.

    Why does Snoop Dogg always have to wear a rain coat?
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    .For drizzzzzllle!

  • louis

    The Rizzombie killer.

  • NCMoss

    Marmol seems like he’s figured a few things out. He’s not his 2010 self but he’s better than 2011.

  • rcleven

    Mister Wells was….Randy Wells. 6 hits 4walks . 10 base runners in three innings of work. Following his last outing just don’t see how he will pitch for the Cubs again. And no Theo you wont be able to make a silk purse out of a sows ear.

    • theNOOGE

      Please explain the sows ear comment, it went completley over my head? I’m not judging, I’m just lost in translation….. I guess!

  • CBP

    This Is going to be lame but Anthony was in the Rizzone tonight.

  • Ron

    What the chances the Cubs have an infield of Rizzo, Barney, Castro and Clevenger as starters? Young and cheap! And Vitters, sorry.

  • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

    I wonder if he tells the ladies to drop on his Rizzle for shizzle.

  • rcleven

    Luke is there a kid in the low low low system named Soto?

    • TWC

      Elliot Soro. He’s with the Smokies now. AA.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        That’s not the low, low minors though.  AA is generally classified as high minors.

        I think there are a few other Sotos floating around the minors somewhere… it is a fairly common name… but Elliot is the only one I’m aware of in the Cubs’ system.

        • Cubbie Blues

          I’m not too sure about common. I just did an iPhone Fangraphs search for Soto. Only 2 in the majors and 36 in the minors.

        • Toby

          What about Mario Soto? sorry, had to throw that out.

    • gabriel

      I’m not Luke…

      but yeah Elliot Soto

    • rcleven

      Any good? Hes a local kid.
      Wife just did a tax return. Employer was the Cubs.

      • Mike S

        Slick with the glove, needs work on his bat.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          I’m not sure the bat is ever going to be more than fringe, but he could make the majors a defensive utility infielder on his glove.

      • Cubbie Blues

        This year at a SS 11% BB 23% KK 311 OBP 296 SLG 286 wOBA 22 years old.

    • rcleven

      Just googled him thats the same guy. Out of Algonquin Il.

      • MikeL

        I never met Elliot, but I met his dad. He is a business man and owns a cottage on the same small island that my uncle does (no my uncle is not rich, but owns a very modest cottage on one of several islands on the lakes in the NW burbs) he told us about what it was like to have his son drafted by a baseball team….seemed like a pretty nice guy….

        • rcleven

          Own and runs a restaurant out of Carpentersville. Been there a long time.

          • Mike S

            El Molino’s is a great restaurant!!

            • Mike S

              Brett…I have a cool story for you.

              Back during preseason when you wrote an article on here about where some minor league players were moving up. You quoted one of the Cubs executives that stated Junior Lake would be in Tennessee and that Elliot Soto would be moving up from Daytona to Tennessee.

              I texted Elliot saying congrats on being moved up to AA and he had no idea yet that he had been moved up. I shared the article from BleacherNation with him and his mom on facebook and then they got excited.

              It’s amazing what comes out and yet some of the players don’t even know.

              • Serious Cubs Fan

                Wow that is actually pretty cool lol. How you know Elliot? You guys go to high school together or something?

                • Mike S

                  We played on the same travel team growing up. There’s quite a few people in the minors that all played on the same team with us:

                  Elliot (AA Cubs)
                  Jake Smolinski (AA Miami)
                  Austin Wright (High-A Philly)
                  Ian Krol (High-A Oakland)
                  Nick Martini (Low-A St Louis)
                  Michael Heesch (Rookie Cubs)

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                That’s a hell of an awesome story. Thanks for sharing that, Mike.

  • http://bleachernation.com grace17

    As for rizzle 4shizzle, as for randy wizzle u suck! I’m no good at rhyming. Go cubs great bullpen work! What happened to lahair?i think he’s having some 1st base I was the man withdraw. Hope he gets back on track cause we deff need him in the line-up

  • Cub Gone Wild

    I dont know what they do with Wells. I think he is incapable of focusing. Thought he might be bullpen material. He makes excuses about his lack of concentration like he gets lost in the real time. He is also a winey moper and isnt somebody they need to keep in the clubhouse. Send him back to Iowa and tell him his days as a starter are over. Be a bull pen pitcher and improve or your career is over.

  • TonyP

    How many of Rizzo’s Abs did he hit the ball hard?

    • Tim

      4 ABs. one hop rocket just to right of short, got him a hit. rocket to center got a hit. flew out to warning track, and hit a groundball to first. so 3 out of 4. but even when he grounded to first he moved the runners to 2nd and third with only 1 out, and a run did end up scoring on a soriano groundout to second

      • TonyP

        Thanks Tim

         

  • emrac

    good game tonight. Nice to see the young cubs building for the future. About time we have some direction.

  • calicubsfan007

    Rizzo powa!! Nice job Cubbies!

  • http://www.bleachernation.com ichabod

    like valbuena

  • CBP

    Rizzo= refreshing wells= worthless Marmol= mystery shall I continue or you guy do the rest

    • Vladimir

      Rizzo = future Castro =future future= excting.

  • Leroy K.

    That is Rizztacular. Glad to know we took the series from the Mets.

  • Toby

    I know tonight was Rizzo’s night, but congrats to Marmol for his 100 career save. Only Sutter, Smith and Myers has 100 career saves with Chicago.

  • Vladimir

    Lol I love Rizzo’s batting stance. It’s so nonchalant. It’s like reverse psychology on the baseball.

    • czechxican

      I noticed his stance as well. It’s like watching Reds great Eric Davis again. I kept thinking is this the stance kids will be trying to emulate? could be worse

      • Ash

        Good call. Davis had that “lazy bat” before the pitch too, and stood with his knees slightly bent and slouched.

      • Cubbie Blues

        Hoyer and Bud Black suggested after last season that he should hold his hands lower to get the barrel closer to the ball to shorten his swing.

  • czechxican

    The Rizzo-rama. The Rizz-miester. Rizz.

  • http://bleachernation.com lou brock lives

    Something is going on with Soriano playing 9 innings the last 2 nights & the Cubs not using Campana in obvious pinch running & defensive substitution late inning deployment. Are the Cubs trying to prove to NL teams that he is more than a DH ? Is Sveum falling asleep at the switch ? Or has he been told something by FO to play him under any & all circumstances ?
    Any ideas out there ?

  • Jzwizard

    Rizzo looked good in his debut. It was a great atmosphere at Wrigley tonight, and rightfully so. Castro seems to be working the count more often now after the hitting coach switch which has really helped him get his average up. Putting Rizzo in the middle of the lineup really improves it a lot, but we are still going to be a very bad team. Especially when Dempster and/or Garza are traded. I hope Vitters and Jackson can get their crap together in AAA so we can get a glimpse of what they can offer this season as well.

  • @cubsfantroy

    I’m glad the Cubs won and Rizzo had a great Cubs debut. Sucks I had to miss the game.

    That is all, thank you for your time in reading this little sentence.

    • Leroy K.

      My day is better :)

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