3. Jordan Wicks stellar debut
The Cubs traveled to PNC Park to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates with a short-handed rotation last week. Lefty Drew Smyly had made one start before the team sent him back to the bullpen and Marcus Stroman is not likely to return for at least a few weeks. The Cubs opted to call up left-handed pitching prospect (no. 10) Jordan Wicks, the team's 1st round pick from 2021.
It is not easy for anyone to make their MLB debut, but Wicks had to do it against a division rival on the road in the middle of a playoff race. To make things worse, Wicks gave up a leadoff home run on the second pitch of the game to Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes. But Wicks settled in and made history by setting down 15 straight batters including 9 via strikeout. With the rotation banged up, Wicks will play a big part over the next month whether he's ready or not. If his first game is anything to go by, then the Cubs should be in good hands.