Chicago Cubs: Who’s hot, who’s not after strong homestand

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The Chicago Cubs put together an impressive 10-game home-stand in which they went 8-2, winning all three of their series. Some players were red-hot, clicking on all cylinders and others had a home-stand they’d like to forget.

The Chicago Cubs currently sit in first place atop the NL Central after defending Wrigley Field over their last 10 games. They swept the then division-leading St. Louis Cardinals, took three of four from the Miami Marlins and then took two of three from the Milwaukee Brewers in the rain.

The Cubs victories included dominant pitching from the starters and relievers and some memorable walk-off home runs. One of those clutch walk-off’s came from one of the hottest hitters on the planet, Kris Bryant.

If not for George Springer, it would be hard to argue Bryant not being the hottest hitter in baseball over the last 10 games. He’s simply hitting everything in sight and showing great patience at the plate.

Over his last 10 games at Wrigley Field, Bryant is slashing .352/.522/.882 which over that span is the best on the Cubs. He’s launched five home runs, driven in 12 RBIs and scored 13 runs.

The hit that really seemed to get it all going for Bryant was his grand slam on Sunday Night baseball against the Cardinals. It was the exclamation point on the way to a Cubs 13-5 victory but showed Bryant was starting to look right at the dish. That started a stretch where Bryant would hit a home run four out of the next five games for the Cubs.

His biggest hit came in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Cubs and Marlins tied at 2-2. With two outs, Bryant delivered a line drive home run into the basket to give the Cubs a 5-2 victory.

On the other hand, Jason Heyward is someone who is really struggling at the plate. Don’t let his walk-off home run against the Marlins deceive you. While it was undoubtedly a big moment for him and the Cubs, that’s really all he did during the home-stand. That home run was one of just four hits for him over the home-stand while he posted a lowly batting average of .103.

While Heyward struggled to hit, he also struggled to get on base. He only walked three times while he struck out eight times to the tune of a .167 on-base percentage.

To make matters worse, he served as the Cubs leadoff hitter in four games, so he wasn’t doing a great job of setting the table for the offense. As the Cubs leadoff hitter, Heyward went 3-20 and struck out three times.

Maybe the idea of him batting leadoff messed with his approach at the plate or maybe he just went through a slump at the plate. Either way, Heyward has been enjoying his best year at the plate as a Cub so hopefully, he makes some adjustments.