Anthony Rizzo is a good leadoff hitter. Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber aren't. Why?

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Anthony Rizzo is a good leadoff hitter. Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber aren't. Why?
Anthony Rizzo is a good leadoff hitter. Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber aren't. Why?

Anthony Rizzo is a great hitter. On this, you likely agree. He's been asked to bat leadoff occasionally in several different seasons. And in doing that, he's hit even better than his career averages. Here are Rizzo's lines batting leadoff: 2017: 14 games, 59 PA, .300/.373/.680, five home runs 2018: 31 games, 138 PA, 328/.428/.552, six home runs 2019: 12 games, 46 PA, .410/.500/.667, three home runs Those numbers are all far better than his career norms, and with 57 games there and 243 plate appearances, it's not really a small sample size anymore. Overall in those 243 plate appearances: .337/.428/.605 with 14 home runs. Of the 14 homers, four of them led off games. A .428 OBP would be excellent

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