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Four Stars of the Week - 8/21/2023

Highlighting the best performances and top performances from your favorite Chicago Sports teams every week.

Jordan Wicks - Cubs Pitcher

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What a difference a mound visit made for Jordan Wicks. The Cubs left-hander made his first career MLB start Saturday night against the Pirates. Wicks got off to a shaky start, giving up a lead-off home run, a single, and a walk before pitching coach Tommy Hottovy made a mound visit. From that point on, Wicks retired the next 15 batters, striking out 9 in 5 innings of work. His changeup and sinker in particular were extremely effective and the Pirates had no answers. With Marcus Stroman missing significant time and Drew Smyly struggling, hopefully this incredible debut is a sign of things to come for Jordan Wicks at the major league level.

-Nick DiCola

Seiya Suzuki - Cubs Outfielder

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Seiya Suzuki was relegated to bench duty just a few weeks ago, but the move has certainly paid off.  In his last five games, Seiya is 8-20 (.400 BA) with three doubles and a triple, knocking in three.  Additionally, with his two hits today against the Pirates, he extended his hitting streak to 10 games.  Hopefully, this return to form continues, as this is the Seiya Cubs fans were hoping for when signing the Japanese superstar before last season.


-Jordan Dupont

Trevis Gipson - Bears Defensive End

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Trevis Gipson continued a strong preseason on Saturday against the Bills with a third straight standout performance. Gipson got after the quarterback once again, earning a strip sack and two pressures, providing the Bears with their only real juice in the pass rush department. Despite being released by the Bears on Tuesday, it was a good showcase for the fourth-year pro as he looks to make an NFL roster in 2023.

Teige Mullin - Four Star Podcast


This past Friday I got told I was throwing dimes at ultimate football. I’ve been riding that high all weekend. Oh yeah, the Cubs were good too I guess.

-Teige Mullin