3 Cubs players who've gone cold at the absolute worst time - #1: Nick Madrigal
On the whole, Nick Madrigal has been a 'plus' for the Chicago Cubs this season. Still a far cry from being worth the first-round draft pick the White Sox used to take him out of Oregon State back in 2018, he's stepped up to give the team a needed insurance policy at third base.
Madrigal's bat still isn't playing the way it needs to for him to hold a roster spot long-term, evidenced by a 79 OPS+ on the year, but he's still managed 1.2 bWAR on the year. But with Patrick Wisdom not doing much to impact games in a positive manner and Jeimer Candelario on the IL, Madrigal has been getting his fair share of reps of late.
Now, dealing with a hamstring injury of his own and considered day-to-day, we'll have to see if he's back in action against the Pirates at Wrigley this week. But his .231/.286/.308 over the last week wasn't getting it done to start. The hot corner has been icy cold since Candelario cooled after joining the team at the deadline - and it looks like it could be a position the Cubs have to piece together down the stretch regardless.