There is no denying Anthony Rizzo owns the plate.
And you've no doubt noticed how much he's been getting plunked, right?
Here's a screengrab from ESPN stats:
That's more than twice the next group of guys at 3 apiece.
Well, he's got a pretty aggressive stance - kinda right on top of the plate.
And it's obviously working for him because he's kind of a Superman when it comes to pitch selection.
But it's the missing Mike Olt that worries me with this stuff.
Look at the depth chart:
Notice there ain't nobody backing up Rizzo (or Kris Bryant), which is kind of a glaring hole.
And, you know, injuries happen.
Alcides Escobar got hit in the head by a pitch the other day.
They have plenty of infielders on the 40 man, and of course La Stella is also on the DL.
And I heard Maddon had Welington Castillo fielding grounders at third.
Anywhoooo... sorry to share anxiety, but when Rizzo comes up and leans way over the plate, sometimes I gotta look the other way.
Okay back to your regularly scheduled program - the Cubs take on the Brewers this afternoon at sunny Wrigley Field where it's supposed to be about 70 today.
Jon Lester lookin' for his first win, and each time out he's gotten a little better so maybe today will be the day he turns back into the guy the Cubs paid all that cash money for.
There's a big 4-game series starting Monday of next week vs the Cards, and the Brewers have been stinkin' it up so... I just hope the Cubs can take care of business and not overlook these guys.
I do not believe the Cubs have played anybody under .500 so far, and you just don't want to see them play at a lower level.
Okay gotta run.
ps: Somebody said "anywhooo" the other day. And now I can't stop saying it. DAMMIT. Every time I wanna slap myself.