Chicago Cubs: Once one of the hottest hitters on the team has had trouble finding grass lately.
In March/April, Jason Heyward slashed .309/.426/.506 with five home runs and posted a wRC+ of 147. His five home runs were the most he hit in the first month of the season since 2011. He was vital in getting the team back on track after the 2-7 start.
May has not been as kind. So far (through 5/24) he is hitting .165/.275/.266 with one home run and a wRC+ of 47. Fans remember watching him break the bat over his knee last Thursday against the Phillies in the ninth, kind of sums up the slump he has been in.
He has at least been drawing walks, but the hits are not coming. Some bad luck has been part of it as he is posting a .203 BABIP in May. (His line drive rate is 18.3%, which is higher than his 17.4% in March/April). Though the slump has naturally caused Heyward to press at times. One of the other main things is that the power has gone down and he has not driven the ball as he did earlier. If he can find that stroke again, the hits can come again.