Mills (4-3) allowed five runs (one earned) across four innings to take the loss Monday against the Cardinals. He gave up five hits and two walks while striking out six.
The Cubs didn't do Mills any favors as they committed four errors, and the righty suffered the loss despite striking out six or more batters for just the third time all season. Mills has primarily worked in relief this year, as this was just his seventh start in 19 appearances. He has a 4.64 ERA across 52.1 innings and should continue to serve in a swing role, though for now he'll stick in the rotation with his next scheduled start coming Saturday against the Diamondbacks. The eventual return of Jake Arrieta (hamstring) could push Mills or Trevor Williams to the bullpen.
Mills (4-2) allowed three earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five across 5.2 innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Phillies.
Mills was handed a five-run lead within the first two innings and largely did well holding onto it. His big blemish was a two-run home run hit by Andrew McCutchen, with the only other extra-base hit he surrendered being a double off the bat of Bryce Harper. Wednesday's outing was Mills' fifth consecutive start, and he should have a chance to stick in the rotation given Jake Arrieta's (hamstring) stint on the injured list and poor performance to this point in the season. Mills has also pitched effectively as a member of the rotation, maintaining a 3.77 ERA with 25 strikeouts across 28.2 innings.
Mills (3-2) allowed two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out nine in 5.2 innings Friday, taking the loss versus Cincinnati. He also hit a batter.
Unfortunately for Mills, two of the four baserunners he allowed in Friday's contest came in Cincinnati's sixth-inning rally. Reliever Adam Morgan then allowed both inherited runners to score on a Joey Votto double that left Mills with the loss. The right-hander has logged a 4.85 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 35:15 K:BB across 42.2 innings this season. This was his fifth start in 17 appearances, but Mills may be headed back to the bullpen next week if Trevor Williams (abdomen) returns from his rehab assignment and rejoins the rotation.
Mills allowed two earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two across four innings in the loss to the Dodgers on Saturday. He did not factor into the decision.
Mills surrendered a pair of runs in the first inning, but he was able to get through four frames with no further damage. The 29-year-old has bounced between the bullpen and the starting rotation depending on team needs. He's had somewhat of a mediocre season, carrying a 5.11 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP through 47 innings. In addition, he doesn't offer many punchouts, with just a 6.3 K/9.
Mills (3-1) allowed six hits and struck out three across five scoreless innings to earn the win Sunday versus Miami.
Mills turned in an excellent start, as all six hits he allowed were singles. The right-hander has filled a versatile role in his 15 appearances (three starts) in 2021. He has a 5.18 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 24:12 K:BB across 33 innings. With a day off Wednesday, the Cubs may not need a fifth starter if Adbert Alzolay (finger) returns as expected. That could push Mills into a bulk-relief role in the near term.
Mills will receive the starting nod in Sunday's game against the Marlins.
Adbert Alzolay (finger) and Trevor Williams (abdomen) remain on the 10-day injured list, so Mills will pick up a second straight turn through the rotation after he took a loss against the Mets his last time out Tuesday, when he allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks over 4.1 innings. Chicago plans to have Alzolay return to start Monday's game against Cleveland, so Mills could be shifted to the bullpen following Sunday's outing.
Mills (2-1) allowed three runs on five hits across 4.1 innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Mets. He walked two and struck out six.
Mills has primarily worked in relief for the Cubs this season, as this was just his second start in 14 appearances. The righty kept his team in the game while throwing 57 pitches before getting the hook in the eventual 3-2 loss. His ERA sits at 6.11 after this outing, but with Adbert Alzolay (finger) and Trevor Williams (appendix) both currently on the injured list, Mills should stick in the rotation for the time being. He's currently slated to start again Sunday against the Marlins.
Mills will start Tuesday against the Mets, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Mills was previously thought to be in line to pitch Sunday against St. Lous, but that wound up being a mix-up between manager David Ross and reporters. The right-hander will instead take the ball in Queens on Tuesday, where he'll be looking to pick up his first win since May 5. Jake Arrieta will stay on turn to start Monday's series opener.
Mills will not start Sunday against St. Louis as previously reported, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Manager David Ross reportedly got his days mixed up when he told reporters that Mills was Sunday's starter. It's possible he'll start Monday instead, with Zach Davies getting the ball Sunday.
Mills will start Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Kohl Stewart was demoted after a rough start Friday, leaving a gap in the Cubs' rotation in the short term. Trevor Williams (abdomen) and Adbert Alzolay (finger) could return in the not-so-distant future, so this could be just a spot start for Mills. He threw six shutout innings with four strikeouts at Triple-A on June 2, so Mills could conceivably go deep enough to qualify for the win.
Mills (back) was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The 29-year-old covered six scoreless frames his last rehab start with Triple-A Iowa on June 2, and he'll rejoin the active roster Tuesday after missing a little over three weeks with a lower-back strain. Mills was working in long relief prior to the injury, but he should be in the mix for a rotation spot with Trevor Williams (abdomen) and Adbert Alzolay (finger) on the injured list.
Mills (back) worked six scoreless innings for Triple-A Iowa in his most recent rehab start June 2, scattering two hits and one walk while striking out four in the 60-pitch outing.
Mills worked in long relief for Chicago before landing on the injured list May 16 with a strained lower back, but he's been building up for starting duty through his first three rehab outings with Iowa. The Cubs could view Mills as a candidate to step into the big-league rotation in the near future while Trevor Williams (abdomen) remains on the shelf. Kohl Stewart has received the last two spot starts in Williams' stead, giving up four runs (three earned) over 8.2 innings between the two outings.
Mills (back) will make a rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Iowa, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.
Mills has been out for just shy of a week with a lower-back strain. Given the relatively brief nature of his absence, it's possible he'll require just one rehab appearance. He'll be eligible to return from the injured list Wednesday.
Mills (back) will throw a light bullpen session Thursday, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Mills landed on the injured list Sunday with a lower-back strain. The fact that he'll be throwing again just four days later indicates that he's unlikely to require a long stay, though his timeline may not become clear until the Cubs see how his back responds.
Mills was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a strained lower back.
The 29-year-old surrendered 11 runs (nine earned) over his past four outings, including three runs over 1.2 frames Saturday, and the back issue could help explain some of his struggles. Mills will be eligible to be activated May 26, though it's unclear how long he's expected to be sidelined.
Mills (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and striking out two to pick up the win over the Mets on Wednesday.
The Cubs went to the bullpen early after Zach Davies was pinch hit for in the bottom of the fourth, so Mills was called upon to eat up some innings. The 29-year-old was nearly perfect, as he faced the minimum nine batters through three innings after erasing a leadoff single by Francisco Lindor in the seventh with a 4-5-3 double play. It was encouraging to see Mills bounce back from back-to-back troublesome outings prior to this one. He'll continue to hold down a long-relief role out of the bullpen and shouldn't need that much rest after throwing only 27 pitches Wednesday.
Mills covered an inning in relief during Sunday's 13-4 loss to Atlanta, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out one.
After making a four-inning start against the Brewers on Tuesday, Mills looked like he could be a candidate to make his second start of the week in the series finale with Atlanta. However, with Kyle Hendricks making enough progress in his recovery from an illness to take the hill Sunday, Mills shifted to the bullpen. He ended up being put to work early, as Hendricks lasted just four innings after giving up seven runs. Mills didn't fare much better, and he'll likely continue to stick in a long-relief role with Chicago expected to call up Adbert Alzolay from the alternate site when a fifth starter is next needed Saturday versus the Brewers.
It's unclear if Kyle Hendricks (illness) will be ready for his next turn through the rotation Sunday, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports, which could give Mills another start.
Mills filled in for Hendricks on Tuesday and pitched pretty well, allowing just two runs on two hits across four innings in a game the Cubs went on to win. If Mills does get at least one more start Sunday against Atlanta, he might be able to work a bit deeper into the game after stretching out a bit Tuesday with 41 pitches. Adbert Alzolay, who was optioned to the team's alternate training site Wednesday, is also an option to rejoin the rotation if Hendricks is forced to miss more time.
Mills allowed two runs on two hits across four innings and did not factor into the decision in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.
Mills got the spot start when Kyle Hendricks (illness) was scratched, and the former performed admirably, with a two-run home run by Luis Urias the only blemish during his four innings of work. This is what Mills can give the Cubs, as he made 11 starts a season ago, and he could conceivably force his way into the rotation at the expense of Adbert Alzolay at some point. For now, Mills' fantasy value is capped by his bullpen role, though he may vulture a few wins or saves as a long reliever.
Mills will start Tuesday's game against the Brewers.
Kyle Hendricks was poised to start Tuesday's contest but was a late scratch since he's not feeling well. Mills has four appearances out of the bullpen this season and covered 2.1 innings during his last appearance Saturday, so he's unlikely to work deep into the contest.
|Last 7 Games|
|07/19||@ STL||L 3-8||1||4.0||5||1||2||6|
|07/07||vs PHI||W 8-3||1||5.2||5||3||1||5|
|07/02||@ CIN||L 1-2||1||5.2||2||2||1||9|
|06/30||@ MIL||L 7-15||0||0||0|
|06/26||@ LAD||L 2-3||4.0||8||2||2||2|
|06/20||vs MIA||W 2-0||1||5.0||6||0||0||3|
|06/15||@ NYM||L 2-3||1||4.1||5||3||2||6|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2012||R-Idaho Falls Chukars||50.2||17||7||0||1||4||3||50||17||58||4.66||1.494|
|2014||R-Idaho Falls Chukars||19.1||7||6||0||2||2||0||14||4||20||4.71||1.256|
|2015||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||113.1||21||21||1||7||7||0||111||14||122||3.02||1.203|
|2016||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||58.0||12||11||0||4||3||0||54||19||62||4.19||1.397|
|2016||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||67.2||12||12||0||1||2||0||68||12||57||2.41||1.027|
|2017||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||9.0||2||2||0||0||1||0||7||1||8||3.00||1.000|