Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs connects on a double in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. | Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Anthony Rizzo to lead off for Cubs Tuesday

SHARE Anthony Rizzo to lead off for Cubs Tuesday
SHARE Anthony Rizzo to lead off for Cubs Tuesday

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.

The Latest
The mayor said she has asked Police Superintendent David Brown for a “fixed post of uniformed officers at the intersection of State and Chicago and a separate fixed post in the Red Line station.”
Kamiah Alford, 25, is charged with one felony count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, Chicago police said.
Shootings are up 225% in the 18th District, which includes the McDonald’s where the mass shooting occurred. In the 1st District, which covers parts of downtown and the Loop, shootings are up 100%.
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals — substances that occur naturally in the body but can damage cells and DNA.
City Hall and HUD now agree: People shouldn’t have to live in the conditions faced by residents of the badly run, federally subsidized Ellis Lakeview Apartments in North Kenwood.