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Andrew Miller: What Do We Have Here?
Posted 11 June 2012 - 12:56 PM
First, his splits:
.410 OPS vs lefties
.448 vs righties
His S/BB is, not surprisingly, much better against lefties, but righties have only hit one XBH, a double, off of him (while the only HR he's given up has been to a leftie.)
In terms of his usage, he started off the year pitching in extremely low leverage situations, mainly in blowouts or very early in games. But his last 5 appearances have been in the 7th or later. One of those times was to get 1 batter out.
So, with his splits slightly favoring him vs LHB, do you think we can try him as an 8th inning guy? What about if Aceves keeps struggling, do you think he'd be an option for the 9th until Bailey comes back?
If the team keeps going the way they are, and doing jumprope with a .500 record, if we can spend 2 months establishing Miller as a reliable bullpen arm, teams could give up a king's ransom for him at the trade deadline.
Posted 11 June 2012 - 01:23 PM
Why not leave him in his 6-7th inning role, keep him in favorable matchups (there's really no need for him to face more RHB with Atch, Albers, Ace, and Melancon around,) and see if the keeps the results up? Messing with his role right as he looks to have established a level of comfort doesn't sound like a great move to me.
Edited by Adrian's Dome, 11 June 2012 - 01:25 PM.
Posted 11 June 2012 - 07:05 PM
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