3 Cubs players who've gone cold at the absolute worst time

If the team is going to turn things around, these guys will have to get it going over the final two weeks.
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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.

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