The Reds may not disappear so soon in the National League Central.
But one lap after the All-Star break, the Cubs have at least reason to believe that their own starting pitching will not. either.
The rotation of the Cubs, which formed the backbone of their four-year playoff run, has five consecutive quality starts for the first time this season, including filler starter Alec Mills on Tuesday night.
Mills did not clinch the victory – it had to wait until Kyle approached Schwarzenber's home race with the tenth inning and the opposite of the field ahead of Reds. Raisel Iglesias gave the Cubs a 4: 3 victory. It was Schwarber's first career start-up hit.
"Something you always want to delete from your bucket list," Schwarber said of the basket shot.
But without this kind of pitching the Cubs had to go down the track In recent years ̵
Because like everyone in baseball, you know when it comes to winning, it's the pitching, stupid.
Mills, who has survived an ugly first inning to play the remainder of his six-innings start with a goalless baseball, kicked off his first big league since August 29 instead of injured left-hander Cole Hamels (left oblique).
Mills said he had "no idea" when to start again. If the Cubs use the planned days off to manipulate the rotation, they may need to replace Hamels in San Francisco next week.
And if Hamels' rehabilitation math works, that's possibly all they need before one of the hottest baseball starters launches in June (1.22 ERA) is ready to rejoin the group. It would far exceed expectations.
Hamels fared so well the day after a second throw session that he started up from a hill on Wednesday for his first session ever since he had faced a left, oblique load.
He built a scenario in which he could play again next time his spot numbers appear next week: August 3rd against the Brewers.
"I've always used the number of days I did not play." To throw or do something I need these days [to build back up] plus five days to get started [prep work]"Hamels said. who was out of action for 14 days from the time of the injury until the start of his rehabilitation program on Friday. "I would say 20 would be good enough."
That would be August 1st, depending on how many rehab games in the Minor League the Cubs need.
"I'll have to [have at least one start]," he said. "I hate it, but I know it's the smart thing."
Hamels has been free of complaints since the All-Star break.
"It's better than two years ago when I had it," Hamels said about the stronger oblique tear he had suffered on the right side and which kept him out for two months in 2017.
At least as tall as Hamels, who carried out his optimistic timeline, would be the long promised resurrection of Yu Darvish, who did his best. Starting as a cub on Friday was no coincidence.
Darvish, who shot the quality launches of four offsprings twice in May, had no qualifying starts in 27 starts as a youngster in a row.
But on the eve of the Wednesday's start against the Reds, he also said he had never felt as good as he did now, in large part because he finally began to trust the health of his surgically repaired elbow so that he would Every batsman in every number can find his fastball.
This led to the command of seven pitches in six scoreless innings against the pirate on Friday.
"In the first few months, I could not hit, so I had to throw a cutter every time because I had no choice," he said. "But now I have my fastball and my curveball. And a slider and a change – all at the moment.
"Everything is together right now."