Chicago Cubs: While often a hero, David Bote has been streaky in his MLB career so far.
The role of David Bote on this team has been experimented with by Joe Maddon for a while now. He has been getting time at second and third base and began the season playing more often than not. Bote began the year hitting .277/.365/.508 with three homers in 25 games back in March/April.
In 18 games in May he has hit .214/.308/.286 with just one home run and three driven in. His wRC+ went from 133 to 60. Like Heyward the power has gone away, even if he hit just three in April, he was still driving the ball a lot better than now. Recent struggles have seen his number of starts diminish a little (the return of Addison Russell also a factor in that).
We saw last year that Bote is pretty streaky. His hot start to his season in 2018 cooled off quite a bit, and we are seeing similar things happen here. May just be showing that Bote is a very valuable bench guy that can come up big, but not necessarily an every-day player. He has adjusted before, and he can very well adjust again. Theo Epstein agreed he has value when he gave him an extension.
Looking forward to games with the Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies, and two series against the Cardinals the Cubs are going to want to get into full gear again. The next few weeks could be huge for this season.