Anthony Rizzo is first left-handed hitter in franchise history with three consecutive 30-home run seasons … Rizzo joined Billy Williams as the only two left-handed hitters in team history with multiple 30-home run, 100-RBI seasons
Anthony Rizzo recorded his fourth two-home run game of the season Wednesday in St. Louis. Rizzo hit a solo homer in the sixth, his 30th longball of the year.
Rizzo went yard again in the ninth inning, a two-run shot to right. It was his 31st dinger of the season and with three RBI on the day, Rizzo passed 100 runs batted in (101) for the second straight year. Rizzo’s ninth inning homer had an exit velocity of 109.9 mph, which was his second hardest hit homer of the year and the fourth hardest hit by a Cubs player this season.
Anthony Rizzo has hit 30 or more home runs in three straight seasons, the first left-handed hitter in Cubs history to accomplish the feat. Rizzo hit 32 home runs in 140 games in 2014 and 31 homers in 160 games last season. After 141 games this year, Rizzo has 31 home runs and has tied a career-high, set last season, with 101 RBI.
Anthony Rizzo is the first left-hander in franchise history with consecutive 30-home run and 100 RBI seasons. Billy Williams is the only other left-handed hitter in Cubs’ history with multiple 30-home run, 100 RBI seasons. Mr. Williams had 30 and 100 in 1965, 1970 and 1972. Rizzo joins Sammy Sosa (9), Hack Wilson (4), Ernie Banks (4) and Ron Santo as the fifth player in the Cubs’ storied history with consecutive 30-home run and 100 RBI seasons.
Billy Williams had five 30-home run seasons during his Hall of Fame career (33, 1964; 34, 1965; 30, 1968; 42, 1970; 37, 1972). Before last year, Mr. Williams had the only consecutive 30-homer seasons by a left-handed hitter in franchise history.
Anthony Rizzo is now tied with Derrek Lee for the most 30-home run seasons by a Cubs’ first baseman. And Rizzo and Bryant are the first Cubs’ teammates since Lee and Aramis Ramirez in 2005 to hit 30 or more home runs in the same season.
Rizzo has hit 133 home runs in 737 games in the big leagues, 132 with the Cubs. Rizzo is 16th on the Cubs’ All-Time Home Run list.
For the year, Rizzo is batting .290/.386/.552 with 38 doubles, four triples and 31 home runs for a .938 OPS. Rizzo has 101 RBI, 154 hits and has scored 88 runs in 141 games. Rizzo is nearing career highs in hits (163), runs scored (94), doubles (40), home runs (32) and walks (78). And the best slash line of his career was in 2014 when he hit .286/.386/.527 with a .913 OPS.
Anthony Rizzo is in the conversation for the NL MVP Award that many feel Kris Bryant will take home. An argument could be made that Rizzo is the most important player on the best team in baseball.