Part of the problem with a young squad occurs in games like the one that took place last night. Sure, Anthony Rizzo went deep not once, and I know what you’re saying,”And they still couldn’t win?”
The Chicago Cubs still lost to the Washington Nationals 7-5. Leaders lead by example and when Anthony Rizzo crushed those two balls deep, it brought a lot of praise from Joe Maddon.
“It’s really been incredible to watch,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “I have not really seen that level of offensive performance for that length of time. I’m talking the at-bats, the hits, the homers, the two-strike approach. His OPS is ridiculous right now. I know there are other guys out there, but personally, I have not seen anything quite that good.”
Of course, Rizzo shouldn’t have any problem getting selected into the All Star Game but what about the other Cubs? Kris Bryant is having a good rookie campaign and living up to the hype but also Jake Arietta has pitched really well for the Northsiders. Those are my picks for the All Star Game. If you haven’t voted yet make sure you do! You know I’ll be voting for the Cubs but a few posts ago, I raised some interesting points about statistics only when it comes to the All Star Game. Not really that big of a fan when it comes to vote ins but it is what it is. The best players should get in not the favourites. Sheesh, it doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement for the All Star Game vote in, but do it anyways.
“I know there’s a lot of worthy first baseman All-Star candidates, but he’s got to be at the top of the list,” Maddon said. “I know there’s other guys doing really well, but it’s hard to imagine doing better than he’s doing right now. He’s been outstanding.
There’s no denying the Cubs struggles of late. The consistency just isn’t there and with Jorge Soler on the DL, it might not get any better. Then of course with a manager like Joe Maddon, I don’t expect the Cubs to be down for too long.