Video: Anthony Rizzo reaches 1,000 career hits

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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo became the latest member of the 1,000-hit club on Saturday after hitting a single against the Nationals’ Tanner Roark. The hit — as well as a hit-by-pitch in the first inning — helped extend his current 15-game on-base streak.

Rizzo, 29, isn’t working with career-high totals in 2018, but his 2018 .264/.362/.442 batting line has seen a nice boost since he was bumped up to the leadoff spot in mid-July. Over the last month, he’s averaged .355/.455/.602 at the plate with five homers and a 1.058 OPS in 112 PA.

As MLB.com’s Matthew Martell pointed out, 982 of those 1,000 hits have come with the Cubs; he racked up the other 18 during his first season with the Padres. Given the torrid pace at which he’s accumulated his first 1,000 hits (he reached the milestone in just 1,014 career games), however, it won’t be long before he logs a full thousand in a Cubs’ uniform, too.

“He’s got many more to come,” skipper Joe Maddon told reporters following Saturday’s 9-4 loss to the Nationals. “He’s still a young man. There’s no telling how many he’ll end up with. His baseball hitting acumen is really high.”

Cody Bellinger named NLCS MVP

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Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.

Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.

Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.