As the regular season winds down and the Dodgers are preparing to host a National League Division Series matchup, the questions remain on the team’s pitching staff.
With injuries affecting the entire starting rotation, a rookie is most likely going to have to step up and take control this October.
Dave Roberts is expected to have Bobby Miller start one of the first two games of the playoffs, a big spot for someone that just made his debut in May.
Over his past few starts, however, Miller is showing that the spotlight is not becoming too big for him despite his young age.
In his postgame presser following the Dodgers 4-2 loss to the Tigers Wednesday night, Miller doubled down and told reporters that he is ready to pitch in the postseason.
“I feel ready,” Miller said of his postseason assignment. “I’ve learned a lot since I’ve been here, and I feel very ready. I got the guys here that have had a lot of experience there. So I’ve been asking those guys some questions here and there, on how they go about it. And I feel really ready.”Via Dodgers Nation YouTube Channel
As the season has been winding down, Miller has shown that he can be great during a playoff run. In the month of Septemberm he has a 3.86 ERA in four starts.
Miller has continued to put up high strikeout numbers in the home stretch as he’s tossed 27 strikeouts in those four starts.
The Dodgers are currently dealing with tons of injuries to their starting rotation. With Tony Gonsolin, Dustin May and Walker Buehler all out for the year, the rookies are going to have to step up — and currently, Miller is pitching the best on the team.
After that, the team does not have the most reliable pitchers in the rotation. Lance Lynn has had his struggles and Ryan Pepiot has only had a cup of coffee in the league.
It’ll be up to Miller to set the stone in the postseason, whether he gets Game 1 or Game 2 in the NLDS.
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