You may have heard that Alec Mills threw the Chicago Cubs’ 16th no-hitter yesterday. Not all yesterday, that is. There have been 16 in the franchise’s long history. Now Mills has one of them.
And he also has an award to show for it:
Your @chevrolet Players of the Week.
NL: Alec Mills: No-hitter, 2-0, 11 Ks
AL: Jeimer Candelario: 3 HR, 9 RBI, .423/.500/.923 pic.twitter.com/odjVd586Y8
— MLB (@MLB) September 14, 2020
Hey, sharing it with old minor league friend Jeimer Candelario (who beat up on the Cardinals to win the award), so it feels like an all-Cubs kind of week.
As you’ll note there, Mills didn’t just win the award for his no-hitter, though that figured prominently. The outing yesterday was actually his second very good start of the week. Back on Tuesday, Mills shut the Reds out over 6.0 innings, walking three, striking out six, and allowing just four hits.
And, let me add, for as much as he had a couple really rough starts before that, Mills has been – on the whole – simply very, very good with the big league Cubs:
Alec Mills is now up to 106.2 big league innings with the Cubs, over which time he has a 3.54 ERA, good for an 81 ERA-.
That is to say, in his time with the big league Cubs over the last three years, Mills has been 19% better than the average MLB pitcher. pic.twitter.com/xzM8rZfM54
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) September 14, 2020
Tongues out for Millsy.