World Series 2016: Ben Zobrist heart and soul of Cubs’ lineup

CLEVELAND Trevor Rosenthal Jersey ?Ben Zobrist spent most of his five-minute interview after Game 2 talking about Anthony Rizzo patience, Jake Arrieta pitching, Kyle Schwarber awesomene s and the 25-and-under crew that helped Zobrist’s Cubs tie the World Series at a game apiece with a 5-1 victory over the Indians at Progre sive Field on Wednesday.Finally, he fielded a question about how he feels at the plate after starting out 5 for 8 through the first two games. He tied an obscure record with Babe Ruth by becoming the second player to have three hits in Game 1 of consecutive World Series appearances.MORE: SN’s NL All-Star team”I feel pretty good,?Zobrist said. bviously when you hit a few balls your confidence goes up and hopefully you can square a few more up. Hopefully that continues.”Zobrist should feel good, and the Cubs should feel good about this development. He was the bridge between No. 3 hitter Rizzo, who faced a series-high 52 pitches through two games, and No. 5 hitter Schwarber, whose emergence formed a roadblock in the lineup.MORE: Schwarber not cleared to play outfield”Zobrist is seeing better pitches right now because of that, too, I believe,?Cubs manager Joe Maddon said after Game 2.Believe that. Zobrist worked a 10-pitch at-bat against Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer in the first inning, part of an overall patient approach by the lineup that paid dividends the second and third time through the lineup Wednesday.”When you get early runs and when you make the pitcher throw ?what did we make him throw, 50 or more pitches the first time through the lineup??Zobrist asked. hat’s a lot of pitches.?/p>MORE: Must-see World Series photosIt was 51 the first time through, to be exact. The second time through, Rizzo, Zobrist and Schwarber needed just 12 pitches to touch up Bauer for a walk, a single and an RBI single. By the third time through, the Indians had turned to Zach McAllister and Zobrist slammed a RBI triple after Rizzo drew an 11-pitch walk. Schwarber then hit a RBI single off Bryan Shaw. That gave the Cubs a comfortable 4-0 lead.Anthony Rizzo, left, and Ben Zobrist (Getty Images)”Especially with a young lineup, when you see a few guys go out there and take some good hacks and have some good quality at-bats, one happens after the other,?Zobrist said. t takes a lot of pre sure off when young players have good, quality at-bats.?/p>Translation? Rizzo and Schwarber and those young guns might Here,,,,,,,,,,,,, here, here, here, here, here Here,,,,,,,,,,,,, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here. , here, here, here, here, here, here. Bob Gibson Jersey continue to draw the headlines, but the 35-year-old Zobrist might be the key in the middle. He has at least one fan in the locker room who noticed.MORE: Unlikely World Series heroes”Ben Zobrist is becoming my favorite baseball player,?Cubs catcher David Ro s said. yle’s too young to be my favorite.?/p>Ro s drew a few laughs before going into more detail.en is just humble and asked to do so many things through the season,?Ro s said. e played second base through most of the year and hasn’t spent a day at second in the postseason.”MORE: World Series schedule, players to watchRo s then used the term anilla,?but didn want to explain that. For a team that specializes in grinding out at-bats, Zobrist is the perfect cleanup hitter. This is the third different team for which Zobrist has played in the World Series; he has been on the winning side with the Royals and the losing side with the Rays.Now, the Eureka, Ill.native will hit cleanup for the Cubs in their first home game at Wrigley Field since Oct. 10, 1945 on Friday night. There nothing vanilla about that story line, right?”He’s been our leader in this World Series,?Ro s said. e a guy who you lean on who has been in this moment.”SN’s Ryan Fagan contributed to this report.

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