Anthony Rizzo Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 240 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/8/1989 (32)
Anthony Rizzo Season Stats
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Anthony Rizzo News
New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo is batting leadoff in Tuesday night's Wild Card matchup against the Red Sox. Rizzo will face Red Sox righty Nathan Eovaldi as the table-setter for the New York lineup, a wise place to slot in his .344 OBP. The former Cub has started 65 career games as the leadoff hitter, slashing .321/.407/.554 with 14 homers, 38 RBI, 34 runs scored, and three stolen bases. Rizzo looks like a sneaky DFS play against Eovaldi- who allowed seven runs against this same Yankee lineup in a September start.
New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a solo shot in Thursday's victory over Toronto. Rizzo's homer was the 250th of his career, a 368-foot shot that left his bat at 107.2 MPH. The veteran first baseman hasn't hit for much power in September, just three homers and a .396 slugging percentage, though he's remained a factor for fantasy, scoring 15 runs and driving in eight. Rizzo's excellent defense- and the injury to Luke Voit (knee)- ensure that he'll be a mainstay in the Yankee lineup down the stretch. He's a solid starting option at first base.
New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo isn't in the lineup on Wednesday for a matchup with the Texas Rangers and left-handed starter Taylor Hearn. Rizzo is batting .250 with a .348 on-base percentage, 20 home runs, and six stolen bases in 537 plate appearances this season. Luke Voit is hitting second and starting in Rizzo's place at first base against Texas. Voit is batting .244 with a .333 on-base percentage and 11 home runs in 237 plate appearances. He could be a quality streaming option on Wednesday for fantasy managers looking for help at first base.
Anthony Rizzo did not have his best year in 2020, slashing .222/.342/.414 with 11 long balls over 243 PAs. That said, there is plenty of evidence for a rebound. Rizzo's .218 BABIP was very low even for a guy who consistently struggles with it (.286 career), and Baseball Savant's Statcast metrics argue that he deserved a .266 average last season based on his exit velocities and launch angles. Rizzo has never been a Statcast darling, but he managed to improve both his average airborne exit velocity (93 mph vs. 92.5 in 2019) and rate of Brls/BBE (7.8% vs. 6.8%) last season as well. His plate discipline was virtually unchanged too, with little difference between 2019 (11.6 BB%, 14 K%) and 2020 (11.5, 15.6). Indeed, the root of Rizzo's struggles appears to be an IFFB% surge (17.7% against a career mark of 9.2%) and an uncharacteristic performance against the shift (.217 vs. .312 against it in 2019). A regression to the norm portends the 31-year-old will figure out both issues in 2021. Rizzo also projects as Chicago's second hitter in the lineup, so he should have abundant opportunity to rack up counting stats. Rizzo is worth rolling the dice on at his ADP of 96.