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No Bryant Bomb for Your Morning? That’s OK, Here’s Anthony Rizzo (Video and Discussion)

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I’m very sorry to say that Kris Bryant did not homer yesterday. That the Tennessee Smokies didn’t play hardly seems like an excuse, though.


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Since I can’t brighten your morning with some Bryant #sparkle, perhaps you’ll be interested in some #RizzOMG instead. In last night’s win over the Pirates, Rizzo got things started in the first by obliterating a Francisco Liriano offering:

That’s just a monster shot.

Rizzo also added a couple doubles in the game, raising his slash line from .276/.401/.486 to .284/.406/.514 (that’s a 33-point OPS jump). His wOBA increased 12 points to .398, and his wRC+ increased 8 points to 151. Those are crazy numbers.

How crazy?

The wOBA is good for 13th in baseball, and the wRC+ is good for 15th. Among NL first basemen, Anthony Rizzo is your leader in: OBP, wOBA, wRC+, BB/K, and WAR.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.