In search for some type of offensive stability, Cubs manager Joe Maddon has selected a new leadoff hitter.
First baseman Anthony Rizzo is moving up to the top spot of the Cubs’ batting lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the New York Mets in hopes to fix the team’s hitting woes.
Rizzo, who was previously in the No. 3 spot of the order, broke the news Tuesday morning on David Kaplan’s radio show on ESPN 1000.
Rizzo said he’s excited for the opportunity to leadoff and texted the news to Cubs former leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler, who signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in December.
“I told him I’m the best leadoff hitter in baseball,” Rizzo said. “He said you are today; I’m hitting second [for the Cardinals].”
Maddon didn’t say how long he planned to keep Rizzo as the leadoff hitter, but said if it works, “then you’ll see it tomorrow.”
The move comes after the Cubs fell below .500 Monday night, after losing 6-1 to the Mets on the road.
Outfielder Kyle Schwarber originally held the position, but has continued to struggle all season to gain consistency at the plate. Ben Zobrist replaced Schwarber after he was moved down.
Rizzo is hitting .249 this season and has 13 home runs.
The Cubs have lost five of their last six games.