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Alec Mills named National League Player of the Week

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Another honor for the Cubs righthander.

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A couple of weeks ago, some were wondering if Alec Mills would be able to stick in the Cubs rotation.

Now, after a stellar outing vs. the Reds and a no-hitter against the Brewers, Mills has been named National League Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday.

Including the no-hitter, Mills threw 15 innings last week, allowed four hits and six walks (0.667 WHIP), no runs, and had 11 strikeouts. The two outings lowered his season ERA from 5.50 to 3.93 and he now has three scoreless starts this year out of nine total. Opposing hitters batted .085/.189/.128 against Alec in the two starts this past week.

Mills is the second Cubs pitcher to be named NL Player of the Week this year; Kyle Hendricks won the honor for the (half) week ending July 27, during which he threw a three-hit shutout against the Brewers. Must be the Brewers this year, we thank them for the two Player of the Week awards.

Congratulations again to Alec Mills on his no-hitter, and for this honor. He’s absolutely worked extremely hard to get to where he is, and these are signs all that hard work is paying off. As Mills said:

“I’m just proud to be that person that can tell you to never give up,” Mills said. “Never stop playing. Never let people tell you what you can and can’t do and just keep persevering.”

Words to live by, for sure.