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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Cold: Jameson Taillon

Just when it looked like Jameson Taillon was turning a corner, he went back to his old ways. The month of July was promising, where Taillon had a 2.67 ERA in 30.1 innings pitched while holding opponents to a .214 batting average. Unfortunately, those handful of games where Taillon looked dominant are few and far between.

Virtually all year, Taillon has struggled with command and he has given up 24 home runs on the season. There are too many instances of Taillon leaving balls in the heart of the plate and he has given up at least one homer in each of his last seven starts.

With three more years on his deal that is worth $68 million, Taillon is gonna need to step it up and start earning his paychecks. With the starting rotation already leaning heavily on young and inexperienced arms, it would be nice if Taillon could show up to give the team a chance to win, especially if he's getting the ball in a playoff game.