Going into game 4 of the 2016 NLCS, Anthony Rizzo was in one heck of a funk. Rizzo was just 8-58 (.138) in his postseason career, including 2-28 in this postseason.
Going into his third at-bat of the night in Game 4. Rizzo made a change and decided to use teammate Matt Szczur’s bat. Rizzo promptly hit a home run. His next at-bat, he drove in a pair of runs with a single. Rizzo ended the night with another single.
Cool story, right?
It gets better.
In his first at-bat in Thursday’s Game 5, Rizzo doubled in Dexter Fowler to give the Cubs an early 1-0 lead. Guess which bat he was using.
Was it a case of Rizzo regressing to the hitter he is usually compared to the hitter he had been in the postseason? Or was it a case of Villanova magic? Szczur, of course, played football and baseball for the Wildcats.
The world may never know.