Anthony Rizzo finished an 0-for-5 night with a .178 average, but no one seems too concerned over his lack of hits, including Rizzo. "The home runs are really nice, especially with the weather and it being cold," Rizzo said. "The hits will turn around. One pitch at a time and grind through it. I feel a lot better now than in that San Francisco series." Rizzo has six home runs, including several mammoth shots. His home run hitting could be affecting his approach, manager Dale Sveum suggested. "Just be Anthony Rizzo — the guy who came up last year and worried about his RBIs more than home runs," Sveum said. "He's getting a little too animated in his approach right now. There's a lot of movement going on, indecision on what load to use and that kind of thing. … We just want him to be Anthony Rizzo and not a guy who sets goals in different areas — not 40-plus home runs. … Guys who have the ability to do those kinds of things kind of set their goals a little too high instead of worrying about OPS and driving runs in." Sveum denied an ESPN report that the Cubs have changed Rizzo's mechanics. Sveum said Rizzo hasn't "consciously" made any changes, though he's "getting away from his low finish and hitting with his hands" too much. Sveum says Rizzo's quick, strong hands are enough to avoid so much movement. "He can hit the ball a long way just by flipping his bat through the strike zone," Sveum said. General manager Jed Hoyer is more concerned about Rizzo's sloppy defense than his hitting. "A lot of times people look at the 1 in front of his batting average and think that he's struggling," Hoyer said. "Offensively, I don't have issues with him at all." Hoyer believes Rizzo can be a Gold Glover at first base. "He has made too many mistakes for a guy with that potential," he said. "Some of that's youth and some of that needs to change. He's a big part of our future, but he's not immune from some of the mistakes we've been making."
Cubs want Rizzo just to be himself
Chicago Tribune | Apr 24