The Cubs entered Tuesday's game with a 9-17 record in one-run games, the most losses of any National League team in the category.

Whether or not they would've won a few of those close games had Anthony Rizzo been called up earlier is anyone's guess, but the Cubs won five of their first six games with Rizzo in the lineup.

Manager Dale Sveum said it's not a coincidence.

"You don't want to put everything on somebody's shoulders, but I don't believe in coincidences either," he said. "We talked before about losing one-run ballgames. We lost a lot of one-run games because we didn't put anything on the board."

Sveum pointed out that Rizzo had the tying or go-ahead RBI in four of his first six games.

"There are times where certain people change the dynamics of a lineup and a team," Sveum said. "And his defensive is already top-notch. When you have a two-way player, that's huge in the lineup. You can already tell defensively what he's saved, offensively what he's done. There's nothing like having a two-way player."