Chicago Cubs: Top performers for week of May 3-9

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Anthony Rizzo helped the Cubs sweep the Dodgers with a walk-off single

2. Anthony Rizzo

Has any other offensive player been more impactful for this club over the last decade than Anthony Rizzo? The Cubs’ unofficial captain hit .263 with five hits, including a triple and two RBI’s last week. The 31-year-old first baseman played in both games of the twin bill on Tuesday and was supposed to have the night off on Wednesday.

That was until the Cubs needed a clutch hitter in extra innings. Trailing by a run in the bottom of the 11th inning, Matt Duffy’s single set the stage for Rizzo, who followed with a single between the shortstop and second baseman. Off the bat, the Parkland, FL native, instantly knew he had won the game, raising his fist in the air.

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3. David Bote

The 28-year-old utility man has become quite the clutch hitter this season. David Bote is hitting .304 in high-leverage situations, including eight RBI’s in such cases. He’s hitting just .189 on the year, but he had several big hits this past week.

In the first game on Tuesday, Bote hit a critical three-run double off the left-field wall – and off Clayton Kershaw to boot – to give the Cubs an early 4-0 lead.

In the nightcap, Bote went 1-for-5, but he made his only hit count, sending an opposite-field single over Mookie Betts’ head to give the Cubs the 4-3 win in the bottom of the ninth inning.