THAT is Why Nick Madrigal Gets the Occasional Start at 3B

Between his injuries and underperformance last year and the injury this spring, Nick Madrigal wasn’t exactly a lock to make the Chicago Cubs Opening Day roster when the spring began. But once he got healthy, and everyone saw Christopher Morel’s … adventures at third base, it became clear that he’d be occasionally needed for his defense – either as a starter (like tonight) or as a late-inning replacement.

And although he had an iffy first start at third base against the Rangers, Madrigal made an absolutely fantastic play at third base tonight, robbing Kris Bryant of extra bases and preserving the shutout for Javier Assad.

Nick Madrigal Lays All the Way Out

Sit back and watch as Nick Madrigal dives into foul territory WAY behind the bag at third, before popping up and throwing all the way across the diamond for the final out of the sixth inning.

The throw bounced twice, but that’s still an excellent throw for Madrigal, whose arm often comes into question. That’s just a really great play. And really great to see from Madrigal, in particular.

And while we’re here showing him some love, allow me to point out that Madrigal has not one, but two hits tonight, plus three RBI and a stolen base. He is having himself a really nice night. Here’s one final, alternative look at the play:

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Michael Cerami began covering the Chicago Cubs for Bleacher Nation as a part-time contributor in 2015. One year later, he joined Bleacher Nation full-time, covering the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball. Today, Michael runs Bleacher Nation, contributing as a writer (Cubs, MLB) and an editor for all sections of the site, including the Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks, as well as MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL. In 2019, Michael was the co-host of NBC Sports Chicago's Cubs Post-Game Show Outside the Ivy. You can find him on Twitter/X @Michael_Cerami

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