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 outfielder Joey Gallo and first baseman Anthony Rizzo are not in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. Tim Locastro is starting in left field and hitting ninth against Orioles left-hander Bruce Zimmermann, while DJ LeMahieu moves to first base and is hitting fifth. Gleyber Torres is at second base and is batting sixth. Gallo is off to a slow start in his first full season with the Yankees and is still searching for his first long ball and RBI after going 4-for-28 with no extra-base hits and 11 strikeouts in his first nine games. Rizzo will get his first day off of the year after going 7-for-32 with three home runs and eight RBI in his first 41 plate appearances in 2022.
New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo will hit leadoff for the first time this season in Wednesday's game against Jose Berrios and the Toronto Blue Jays. Third baseman Josh Donaldson, who has been the team's primary leadoff hitter, is sliding down to No. 3 in the order. Rizzo hit either second or third in the lineup for each of the team's first five games of the year. Over his career, he's 3-for-12 with a home run against Berrios. Donaldson, meanwhile, has just one hit over seven career at-bats against Berrios. Rizzo is off to a nice start to the season, slashing .250/.455/.688 with two home runs over five games.
The New York Yankees agreed to a multi-year deal to re-sign first baseman Anthony Rizzo on Tuesday night, according to a source. The deal is believed to be for two years and $32 million, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Rizzo finished last year with the Yanks after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs at the trade deadline. The Yankees wanted free-agent Freddie Freeman, but he gave them the impression he didn't want to go to New York. Rizzo is a solid consolation prize after hitting .248/.344/.440 with 22 home runs and 61 RBI in 141 total games in 2021. The 32-year-old lefty slugger was a three-time All-Star with the Cubs from 2014-16, but his numbers have begun to dip in recent seasons. Rizzo's .783 OPS last year was his lowest since 2013, but he can still produce decent numbers as a corner infielder for fantasy in the Bronx.
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.