Anthony Rizzo‘s power numbers are slowly increasing back to where they once were during his days with the Chicago Cubs.
Now with the New York Yankees, Rizzo’s batting average this season is a disappointing .223, but last night he hit his 29th home run of the season and got his RBI total up to 70 for the season.
He’s also posted an .821 OPS.
But believe it or not, he hasn’t had a 30-home-run season since back in 2017.
Obviously, this home run puts him one away from 30 on the season and one from reaching 30 for the first time in the last five seasons.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) August 30, 2022
Rizzo Close To 30 Homers
Rizzo’s average may be down a little, but his power is slowly coming back to where it once was.
Perhaps the short right field porch at Yankee Stadium has helped him out in his quest to reach 30 for the first time since 2017.
That year, he hit 32 homers and drove in 109 runs.
He may not reach the 100-RBI mark, but he’s on pace to pass 30 homers.
Unfortunately, he and Aaron Judge‘s home runs weren’t enough to save the Yankees as they dropped their series opener to the Los Angeles Angels by a final of 4-3.
But Rizzo has re-emerged as the power threat that he once was in Chicago.
His power was a key factor in their run to breaking their curse and it could really help the Yankees now as they try to work through their August struggles.
The Yankees are going to need contributions from more than just Judge if they want to get back on the right track, and Rizzo could be a major key to that.
Barring an injury, it looks like Rizzo will ultimately reach 30 home runs for the first time in quite a while.