Joe Maddon might be on to something with this whole Anthony Rizzo leading off thing.
In his first game at the top of the order, Rizzo debuted in spectacular fashion against the New York Mets. He led off the game with a solo home run, drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the second inning and plated another run with a double in the third.
So in three plate appearances in three innings, he was 2-for-2 with two extra-base hits, three RBIs and a walk.
Here's the homer:
First impressions go a long way. pic.twitter.com/9vkyUIJJUe— MLB (@MLB) June 13, 2017
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It wasn't Rizzo's first-ever moment at the top of the order. He entered 0-for-1 in his career batting first. But it was — and remains, for the time being — the batting order position with his fewest plate appearances.
Where has Rizzo batted most often? He's got 2,329 plate appearances in the No. 3 spot, far and away his most seen spot in the lineup. Next up is fourth, with 699 plate appearances, and second, with 225 plate appearances.
Maybe this will become a permanent thing? Who knows with the always quick-to-shake-things-up Maddon.
But you can't argue with the initial success.