If it wasn’t already obvious, Anthony Rizzo is a surprisingly exceptional leadoff hitter.
The Chicago Cubs first baseman continued his impressive hot streak on Monday, reaching base in the first inning on a bunt single, beating the shift in the process.
Rizzo is now a perfect 5-for-5 with two home runs, a double, two singles, and a walk when leading off the game for the Cubs, according to Christopher Kamka of CSN Chicago.
The bunt single also gives Rizzo a career-best 13-game hit streak.
Manager Joe Maddon’s decision to slot Rizzo in at leadoff in place of Kyle Schwarber on June 13 has immediately paid dividends for the club. Although it was initially expected to be a temporary stay atop the batting order for the first baseman, it’s hard to see him moving down in the order any time soon.