Until the first half of the year, there were great concerns about whether the LA Dodgers would be able to properly play in the 162-game pennant race and the postseason in October.
This is because most of the starting lineup suffered from injuries or performed poorly. The Dodgers’ rotation, which started with Julio Urias, Dustin May, Clayton Kershaw, Noah Syndergaard, and Michael Grove, was shaky from the beginning of the season and has undergone severe changes since May.
May’s season ended early after suffering an arm injury and undergoing Tommy John surgery following a game against the Minnesota Twins on May 18 (Korean time), and Syndergaard’s ERA was 7.16 in 12 games due to finger blister issues and poor performance. Afterwards, he was traded to the Cleveland Guardians at the end of July.
Kershaw could not avoid the injured list (IL) this year either. On July 1st, shoulder pain worsened and I had to go on IL for 40 days. Fortunately, Kershaw played the role of an ace when he was in good shape, pitching well with 13 wins, 4 losses, and an ERA of 2.42 in 23 games.
Right-hander Grove suffered a groin injury in May and a side injury in August, and his pitching was not good. He returned on the 24th and is serving as a bullpen pitcher. Tony Gonsolin, who joined the rotation at the end of April, continued his struggles with 8 wins, 5 losses, and an ERA of 4.98 in 20 games, but ended the season early after receiving Tommy John surgery in late August.
The one who had the most trouble was Urias. He showed off Cy Young Award-level pitching in 2021 and last year and was a starter in this year’s opening game. He suffered a hamstring injury on May 20 and spent more than a month in rehabilitation before returning in early July, but he continued to pitch erratically and was placed on administrative suspension after allegations of domestic violence arose. After receiving a rest order, I left the force.토토사이트
The pitcher who appeared in this situation was rookie right-handed fireballer Bobby Miller (24). Miller made his major league debut against the Atlanta Braves on May 24 and began to attract attention after pitching 5 innings, allowing 4 hits and 1 run. Although he has a good pitching position, he was evaluated as having an ace-like calmness and speed control that is not typical of a rookie. Miller, who took over the starting position by going 5 or more innings and allowing less than 1 run in his first 4 consecutive games, has shown some ups and downs since then, but has consistently been responsible for 5 to 7 innings and has been the axis of the rotation.
He emerged as the Dodgers’ postseason hope with another impressive pitching performance. Miller started against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on the 27th and pitched 7 innings, allowing 7 hits and 2 runs, leading to an 11-2 victory.
Miller recorded 9 strikeouts using a variety of breaking balls, including a fastball with a maximum speed of 100.0 mph and an average of 98.5 mph, as well as a slider, curve, and changeup. He showed off his perfect ball control and game management ability, not giving up a single 4-ball pitch.
After the game, Miller expressed his gratitude to the staff, saying, “I think today’s pitch was the best of my life. I’m a little surprised myself. Thanks to our trainers for keeping me healthy.”
Bud Black, the opposing Colorado head coach, gave an unusual amount of praise, saying, “The last ball he threw hit 99 mph. He has a really good arm and a great arm.”
Miller allowed 3 or fewer runs in 4 of the 5 games he appeared in in September. He had 3 wins, 1 loss, and an ERA of 3.58 in 5 games. He struck out 36 batters and gave up only 6 walks in 32⅔ innings.
There is an opinion that Miller should be the Dodgers’ first postseason starter. MLB.com said, ‘The Dodgers will be thinking about their postseason rotation, and there will be no doubt that Miller will have to play an important role.’ It is almost impossible to say that Kershaw and Miller are the first and second starters. The order of the two pitchers will be in Game 5. He predicted, “It will be decided depending on whether the success is successful, who the opponent is, and what his physical condition is.”
Miller has 11 wins, 4 losses, an ERA of 3.89, and 115 strikeouts in 21 games this season. He could emerge as a candidate for Rookie of the Year. The
Dodgers On this day, they recorded 1 win and 1 loss in the double header, reaching 97 wins and 60 losses. If they add 3 wins in the remaining 5 games, they will become the 7th team in history to achieve 100 wins for 3 consecutive years.