Alec Mills (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
The Chicago Cubs added a whole new stable of arms this season that are keeping the North Siders competitive as October slowly comes into play.
Every season, Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein does a little tweaking to his stable of pitchers, looking for that mix that will be magical and set the Cubs up for a postseason run. This season, Epstein has found that magic combination and is looking to push through into October. Here are three new Cubs pitchers that have taken 2020 by storm and have been vital to getting the Cubs into a postseason run.
Alec Mills – Mills has been one of the most outstanding additions to the starting rotation for the Cubs, recently gaining accolades as the National League Player of the Week after serving up a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers in a series tune-up as the Cubs prepare for postseason action.
Mills’ historic shutout follows in the footsteps of the trusted Cubs veteran, Kyle Hendricks, who also slammed the Brew-Crew back in July with a no-hitter during the Cubs opening matchup of the COVID-season. Mills’ outstanding performance is the 16th no-hitter in Cubs history as the boys went on to step all over the Cheese-heads in dramatic fashion, 12-0.
There was a bit of foreshadowing that Mills was on the verge of greatness during the recent Cincinnati Reds series, where Mills allowed just four hits and three walks during a striking barrage of pitches in six scoreless innings for the Cubs. Mills’ contribution set the stage for the later series win, as the Cubs ate some Cincinnati Skyline Chili for lunch while smiling at their 3-0 conquest.
As old faithful Cubs pitchers like Jon Lester begin to experience the wear and tear of years of firing in the mustard, Mills will be needed to help anchor things with vets Hendricks and Cubs magician pitcher, Yu Darvish, going into the postseason. Mills looks steady and ready, sporting a 3.93 ERA this season. However, Mills’s work leading up to the October postseason this month is awe-inspiring and almost untouchable, posting a 1.80 ERA and 13 kills.
Yes, Mills looks to be peaking at just the right time and scores as one of the top new Cubs pitchers of 2020.