MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs rank second in the Majors this spring in home runs even though Anthony Rizzo, who led the team last year with 32, has zero, and yet he feels really good at the plate.
"I feel great," Rizzo said Monday. "It's really weird. I hit some good balls but they haven't found a hole."
In 12 games prior to Tuesday's game against the Athletics, Rizzo was 4-for-31. Last spring, he batted .321 with two home runs in 53 at-bats.
"Overall, I feel like I'm having really good at-bats," said Rizzo, who is working with his third hitting coach in as many years in John Mallee. "We've had a good relationship so far and it's really easy to go in the cage every day."
But no home runs? Matt Szczur, who hit one in 116 games at Triple-A Iowa last year, has taken advantage of the desert air and hit three this spring.
"I haven't hit a homer in two years in Spring Training," Rizzo said, apparently forgetting the pair he hit last year. "It's just not in my cards. All I care about is, I'm seeing the ball real well."