Cubs' Anthony Rizzo is the Pirates' worst nightmare

Cubs' Anthony Rizzo is the Pirates' worst nightmare
June 22, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Vinnie Duber

A Pirate's worst nightmare? It's not Blackbeard's ghost. It's Anthony Rizzo.

The Cubs first baseman is experiencing a rejuvenation at the plate this season, and no opposing team is feeling that more than the Pirates. The Cubs have had their own experiences with “Cubs killers,” but now they have their very own “Pirate killer.”

Rizzo continued to be the Pirates' worst nightmare after going 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday night’s game against the Pirates at Wrigley Field. That boosted his average against Pittsburgh this season to .333 (15-for-45). In 12 games against the black and yellow, he’s hit five doubles, three homers and driven in 11 runs. His on-base percentage is .434 and his slugging percentage is .644.

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Those numbers are even more impressive when compared to Rizzo’s stats against the Pirates from last season. In 19 games in 2013, Rizzo had a .162/.278/.279 slash line with two homers and eight RBIs.

Of course, Rizzo is faring better against all competition this season than he did last year. His updated season numbers through Saturday: .278 average, .400 on-base percentage, .506 slugging percentage, 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and 48 walks.

His Saturday-night home run was his 15th of the season in his 71st game of the season. It took him until game No. 106 a season ago to reach the 15-homer mark. He finished the year with 23. He’s well on pace to top that mark this season.