A slow start did not appear to impact the confidence of Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

Despite a .224 batting average, Rizzo began the month of May among the lead leaders in home runs (8) and RBIs (20). Rizzo, working with manager Dale Sveum and the Cubs' two hitting coaches, went back to the basics to rediscover his hitting mojo.

"The important thing for me is staying even keeled," Rizzo said. "Staying confident, taking things in stride whether you get three hits, four hits or strike out four times, you take it in stride and know it is a part of the game."

Despite the low batting average and .315 on-base percentage, Rizzo is on pace for a 40-homer, 120-RBI season.

"It is sometimes good to write down stuff when you are going well," Rizzo said. "When you do hit some ruts you can tell it isn't mechanical it is between the ears. You go back and read what you were doing well when you were doing it."

During his last six games entering play on Thursday, Rizzo was on a hitting tear, batting .429 with six extra-base hits and six RBIs.

Winding up a four-game series with the Padres, his former team, Rizzo looked back on the trade that brought him to the Cubs in the winter of 2011 for pitcher Andrew Cashner.