Earlier this week Anthony Rizzo made his much anticipated debut for the Chicago Cubs after being acquired from the San Diego Padres for pitcher Andrew Cashner back in January. The reaction from many Cubs fans might have been “It’s about time”. Between last season and early this season the 22-year old played 163 games at Triple-A and posted video game looking stats, including 49 home runs and 163 runs batted in while hitting .336.
In the fifth inning of today’s game against the Houston Astros Rizzo formerly announced his arrival to The Friendly Confines.
This was game number four for the power hitting first baseman in a Cubs uniform and so far, so good. Manager Dale Sveum has wasted no time inserting Rizzo into the heart of lineup, hoping he can provide a spark to an offense that came into today ranked 15th in the National League in runs scored, 13th in home runs, and 12th in slugging percentage.
With pitchers Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster likely on the way out before the trade deadline and the team already 15 games out of first place in the NL Central the Cubs are in full rebuild mode. Anthony Rizzo will no doubt be one of the centerpieces Theo Epstein will look to build around along with young shortstop Starlin Castro.