Cubs, Anthony Rizzo face long season even if bats awaken

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo mentioned again Sunday night how long the baseball season is.

Of course, he’s right. But that’s also part of the problem as the Cubs try to regroup once again from yet another lost series — this time to Atlanta after the 13-4 loss.

A lineup that looked historically bad the first two weeks of the season has shown the inevitable signs of life the last two games that have begun to settle the look of some of the ugly numbers.

But when ace Kyle Hendricks gives up four homers in the first inning to anybody — no matter what cold symptoms he might have had in recent days or how much down time he had for COVID-19 precautions — it’s as troubling as it is strange.

Especially when that makes two clunkers in three starts so far for the normally reliable veteran. And even more so when a remade rotation that brought a handful of questions into the season has looked shaky in other spots, too.

Rizzo doesn’t deny what the team has looked like in losing four consecutive series since the opening set against the Pirates, even as he seeks a balanced perspective after six consecutive winning seasons.

“It’s just part of it,” he said. “It’s going to be a long year. We know that. Even if we got off to a blazing hot start, it’s still going to be a long year. That’s…

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