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May 5, 2014

What You Need to Know

Weekend Wrap-Up, 5/5

by Daniel Rathman


The Weekend Takeaway
About a month and a half ago, the Baseball Prospectus staff wrote about spring training performances we sort of believed in. Rob Arthur chose to cover Anthony Rizzo, who was batting .392/.452/.750 at the time. With six home runs through 121 plate appearances, Rizzo has spent the first month and change of the season giving us reason to believe that the power spike he showed in Arizona is here to stay. But he’s done more than that. Still three months shy of his 25th birthday, Rizzo might be morphing into one of the best hitters in the National League.

Between Wednesday and Saturday of last week, Rizzo went deep in three consecutive games for the first time in his career. Equally as notable as the thump, though, were two of the pitchers against whom he displayed it.

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