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Dodgers News: Bobby Miller Appreciates Trust From Dave Roberts to Start NLDS Game 1 or 2

There’s no bigger stage for a rookie pitcher — or any pitcher for that matter — than in front of a national audience in the MLB postseason.

Dodgers rookie starting pitcher Bobby Miller will be taking that stage in a matter of weeks, as the Dodgers wait to officially see who they will match up against in the 2023 NLDS.

Miller, who made his big league debut in late May, has shown that he can keep up with the best in baseball. His 3.89 ERA is the fifth-best among the rookie starting pitchers with 20 or more starts under their belt. His .733 win percentage is the best.

Miller knows the gravity of the postseason and is honored to have the confidence from Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to start one of the first games of the NLDS. But he wants to ensure that he doesn’t change his approach to the game, an approach that has served him well thus far.

“It means a lot having that trust from Dave,” Miller said. “But at the end of the day, I just got to keep being myself, not try to change who I am going into the postseason, don’t try to pitch any different. I’ve been going deep into games recently so just try to keep doing that and give the bullpen a quality start, give the offense a quality start and just give the team a chance to win, just like I try to do every other game.”

(Via SportsNet LA)

With the Dodgers still reeling from the loss of Julio Urias, who was arrested in September on suspicions of domestic violence, there will be more opportunities for young pitchers like Miller to lead the Dodgers to another World Series title.

Ryan Pepiot is one of them, too. The rookie, who made his first appearance in the big leagues last season and missed much of the 2023 season due to injury, has made seven appearances with a 1.85 ERA, and could also be making a case to start in the postseason.

Miller is scheduled to start the Dodgers’ final game of the season, against the San Francisco Giants.

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Patrick Warren

Patrick Warren is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California who works to cover the Los Angeles Dodgers with Dodgers Nation. Warren is originally from Chattanooga, TN and is currently based out of Buffalo, NY.

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