Tuesday marked one week since Rizzo's arrival with the Cubs, and the first baseman has not disappointed. He has recorded game-winning RBIs in three of his first six games, becoming the first Cubs player in franchise history to accomplish the feat since the RBI was made an official stat in 1920. Of his five RBIs, four have given the Cubs the lead, and the other has tied the game.
"You don't want to put everything on somebody's shoulders, but I don't believe in coincidences either," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "There are times when certain people change a dynamic of a lineup and a team."
Behind Rizzo, who has been batting third in Chicago's lineup, the Cubs will look to bounce back after the Braves snapped their four-game win streak Tuesday night with a resounding 10-3 win -- during which Chipper Jones logged his third career five-hit game, driving in four, and Michael Bourn hit a go-ahead three-run triple and scored three runs.
Standing in their way is Atlanta righty Randall Delgado.
Delgado has struggled of late, dropping his last three decisions and pitching just four innings during his last outing.
"Delgado didn't pitch particularly well," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said following Delgado's last start. "But I thought that third inning, after probably laboring through the first couple innings, he goes out and gets the first two guys with quick outs. Then we didn't help him too much after that, making some mistakes behind him."
In Delgado's last four outings, he has pitched past the fifth just once. He will look to change that against the Cubs, against whom he pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball on May 8 at Wrigley Field.
Starting for Chicago is left-hander Paul Maholm, who is coming off a gem in which he blanked the Astros over 8 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and striking out six to earn his fifth win of the season.
"He was outstanding," Sveum said. "All of his pitches -- curveball, changeup -- he kept them down. I think he had as good a sink as he's had in a while. That was about as good as you could get. I wish he could've kept the ball down the last inning and [pitched a complete game]."
Cubs: Dempster to throw bullpen at Turner Field
Righty Ryan Dempster is set to throw his second bullpen session in three days Wednesday. Dempster, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right lat, threw 40 pitches from the mound on Monday and reported no problems.
After Wednesday's bullpen, Dempster will be re-evaluated on Thursday before the team determines his next step.
Braves: Moylan makes second rehab outing
Right-handed pitcher Peter Moylan pitched a scoreless inning during his second rehab appearance in the Gulf Coast League. Moylan gave up one hit and struck out one batter.
The righty underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff last September. Barring any setbacks in the rehab process, Moylan could return to the Majors by the end of the month.
Cubs center fielder David DeJesus is one run shy of scoring 600 for his career.
Following his four-RBI night Tuesday, during which he logged his third career five-hit game, Braves third baseman Chipper Jones needs just three RBIs for 1,597 in his career. That would surpass Mike Schmidt and George Brett for most RBIs by a third baseman in MLB history.