Chicago Cubs Must Be Pleased With Anthony Rizzo’s Play For Italy

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The Chicago Cubs appear to be heading back on the right track in 2013 after an awful 2012 season. With the World Baseball Classic going on right now, the Cubs have to be pleased from what they are seeing out of Anthony Rizzo.

Rizzo is leading Italy in RBIs, and has helped the team move into the second round of the tournament. While that means Rizzo won’t be back in Cubs camp anytime soon, the team must be enjoying watching their young first baseman play so well representing Italy.

Rizzo is going to be counted on in a big way this season for the Cubs when he does come back, and I’m sure that the team will be watching for fatigue as the season goes on in his first full season in MLB. Rizzo finished 2012 with 15 home runs in 87 games for the Cubs. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rizzo hits 25 home runs with 90 RBIs as Chicago tries to avoid the basement of the National League Central.

This should be a great season to see what Rizzo is really made of. I think Rizzo will be able to lead the Cubs to around the 75-win mark for this season. That may seem hard to believe since the team didn’t improve their offense that much, but a full season of Rizzo should change things in Chicago.

There should be a lot of excitement this season at Wrigley Field. The Cubs hope Rizzo comes back to spring training soon but hope also that Rizzo can lead Italy as far as possible in the WBC.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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