3 Cubs players who are scorching hot and 1 who's ice cold

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3 Cubs who are hot and 1 who's not: HOT - Drew Smyly flirts with perfection and has quietly impressed since rocky first start

Well, my buddy and I picked a heckuva game to make our return to the Wrigley Field bleachers, bearing witness to Drew Smyly's near-perfect game on Friday afternoon - a lopsided 13-0 Cubs victory.

Obviously, how he lost that bid was heartbreaking - but we can't let it take away from just how good Smyly has been since a rough first start of the year against the Reds. In three starts since, the left-hander has helped Chicago take down the Dodgers twice and the Mariners once - putting up a 0.98 ERA and 2.38 FIP in the process.

Given the early struggles of rookie Hayden Wesneski, Smyly's consistency has been a huge plus for the Cubs, who enter action Sunday with an NL-best 2.96 starter's ERA. Everyone has (rightfully) poured praise on Marcus Stroman and Justin Steele, but we can't sleep on what Smyly has been, either.

The southpaw loves pitching for the Cubs, especially at Wrigley Field, and here in April, he's rewarded the front office's decision to bring him back on a one-year deal with some truly dazzling, albeit largely under-the-radar efforts.