3 Chicago Cubs players who are red hot, and 2 who are ice cold

The Chicago Cubs are knocking on the door of the playoffs and there have been contributors all around. But here are the players who have been hot and cold recently
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Hot: Jordan Wicks

Rookie southpaw Jordan Wicks has only made three starts for the Cubs since getting called up in August, but he has been spectacular in his first Major League stint. Notably, Wicks made history in his debut, where he set down 15 straight Pittsburgh Pirates hitters at PNC park.

Wicks hasn't shown signs of slowing down as he's secured wins in each of his three starts. Over 16.2 innings pitched, the 23-year-old has a 2.16 ERA with 13 strikeouts. With Marcus Stroman sidelined and Drew Smyly in the bullpen, Wicks has stepped into the rotation and has so far shown that he can handle the role.

With Wicks' emergence, the Cubs now have three homegrown starters in the rotation and four more in the bullpen. If he can continue his success, Wicks could be a prime example of the organization's ability to successfully develop pitching.