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Monday, April 29, 2013
Five Things: Numbers show Rizzo's value

By Jesse Rogers

Anthony Rizzo
Anthony Rizzo's eight home runs in April put him in with some elite company.
CHICAGO -- As the Chicago Cubs return home for the second half of their 20 games in 20 days stretch of baseball their opposition will slowly rise back-up the competitive ladder.

First the San Diego Padres come to town for a four-game series beginning Monday and sport the identical record (9-15) as the Cubs, although they've won four in a row. The Cincinnati Reds are here this weekend followed by a make-up game with the Texas Rangers. Finally the homestand concludes with a two-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 7-8.

Before we look forward, let's take a look back at five things we learned during the first 10 games of this stretch, all coming on the just completed road trip: