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There We Go! Anthony Rizzo Just Yanked His First Home Run of the Season!

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In today’s Pre-Gamin’ post for the Cubs/Dodgers finale, I pointed out that the Cubs’ offense was lagging a bit at the beginning of the year, primarily because Anthony Rizzo had gotten off to an unusually rocky start.

Indeed, his 60 wRC+ entering play today indicates that he’s been about 40% worse than the league average offensive contributor, while his .030 ISO is almost comically low (career .213 guy) – due, in part, to the fact that he has yet to hit a homer.

Had* yet to hit a homer:

That was Rizzo’s first homer of the year and first hit of the day. He’s now slashing .235/.335/.353 with a much better 90 wRC+ (darn early season stats and their ridiculous variability). It also means the Anthony Rizzo Foundation is getting some donations:


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And it wasn’t a cheap one, either:

According to Statcast, that homer left the bat at 105 MPH and traveled a cool 400 feet. Hopefully, this is just the start of a great day for Rizzo at the plate – he could use it.

Also, did you notice the FANTASTIC fan grab through the beer? It’s one of those get’s better every loop types:


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Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @Michael_Cerami.