3 Cubs players who are scorching hot and 1 who's ice cold
By Jake Misener
3 Cubs who are hot and 1 who's not: HOT - Cody Bellinger is looking more and more like the dominant force he once was
Man, I have loved watching the Cody Bellinger revenge tour against the Dodgers the last week or so. As if homering and robbing former Cub Jason Heyward of a home run at Dodger Stadium wasn't sweet enough, the former Rookie of the Year and MVP added another towering long ball against Los Angeles on Friday afternoon at Wrigley for good measure.
In six games against his former club, Bellinger sports a 1.312 OPS and several impressive defensive plays and, while he may not look exactly like he did when he set the league on fire early in his career, he's clearly on the right track at the plate.
What felt like an endless stream of injuries, followed by subsequent mechanical tweaks to compensate for those physical issues, wreaked havoc on Bellinger's swing in his final years with the Dodgers. But now that he's healthy, he's been locked in at the plate, slashing .391/.500/.739 over the last seven days.
If you erase that brutal season-opening series against the Brewers at Wrigley Field (I'm well aware that's not how baseball works, but bear with me here) - Bellinger carries a .339/.421/.631 line on the year. This is a guy out to prove himself in 2023 and the early returns have certainly put the league on notice.