With Tyler Chatwood’s move on the DL joining fellow starter Mike Montgomery, the Cubs found a hole in their rotation which they have decided to fill with Alec Mills, a 26-year-old 6’4″ right-hander who was originally drafted by the Royals but came to the Cubs via trade in 2017.
Mills has pitched in the bigs before, with a rough stint with KC in 2016 but one solid performance in relief for the Cubs earlier this year. In two innings he let up no hits and had two strikeouts as well as throwing 19 strikes out of 27 pitches. His numbers have been good in the minors recently as well. In Iowa this year, he threw 124.2 IP letting up 10 home runs with 41 walks and 108 strike outs.
Mills boast a fastball around 92-93 with a good slider and a nice change up to keep hitters off balance. He pitches to contact, so we’ll see how he fares against a not terrible Reds offense. I have faith in the guy, and hope to see him do well.
He’ll be going up against Matt Harvey who in his last ten starts in 5-2 with a 3.76 ERA. The Cubs have had success against him however, and the new kid on the block Daniel Murphy is 4-10 with 2 HRs. Not to mention his great numbers in day games at Wrigley. Hopefully the Cubs can back Mills up on the way to victory.
Plus Cy Hamels just tossed nine so the bullpen will be nice and rested.
Tomorrow 2:20 EST.