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Dodgers News: Bobby Miller Sought Advice of Lance Lynn for Controlling Emotions

With the postseason unfortunately over with and done much earlier than anyone expected, the focus moves to 2024 for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Several question marks surround the team as there are no clear areas you can point to and say that’s why they lost to the Diamondbacks.

The offense struggled and manager Dave Roberts worked with what he had on the 26-man active roster. Starting pitching surely raised some flags heading into October and ultimately played a sizeable role in LA’s collapse. But coming out of the regular season, the rotation headed by Clayton Kershaw and Bobby Miller seemed to be in a good spot for the NLDS.

Kershaw recorded one out while allowing six earned runs in Game 1. Miller gave up three runs in the first inning of his Game 2 start and was chased after just five outs.

The rookie Miller surely didn’t expect to start a postseason game when he got called up to the majors in late May, yet that’s exactly where he’s ended up.

The first year sensation impressed everybody including himself with a stellar debut campaign. Heading into his Game 2 start, he was praised by Roberts and rotation-mate Lance Lynn for his growth in managing his emotions as Miller cited his veteran teammates who helped him in this regard.

“He’s a high-energy guy, a super big competitor,” Miller said of Lynn last week. “So I asked him how he handles those moments, and he gave me his feedback.”

via Jack Harris, LA Times

Lynn’s high energy and emotional outbursts after big outs became routine for Dodgers fans to witness after just two months in Dodger Blue.

Whether it’s a big strikeout or a home run he just gave up, Lynn’s competitive fire fuels every pitch he makes and helped his new club win 100 games for the fourth straight full season.

Miller welcomed Lynn’s advice on the topic and the former long-time St. Louis Cardinal shared some thoughts about the future ace of LA’s staff.

“You just see the growing process,” Lynn said. “I’ve been around some good ones, and he’s right along with them. For him to take that step has obviously been huge for that group, with the injuries and everything that’s gone down. So obviously, the growth is great.”

via Jack Harris, LA Times

While it didn’t play out the way anyone hoped this postseason, Miller will take his lessons into the long offseason and ready himself to be an anchor in the Dodgers rotation next year and for years to come.

With his triple-digit fastball, a deceptive off-speed mix and those aforementioned tempered emotions, Miller could be a perennial All-Star in this league.

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One Comment

  1. A big thank you to Lynn for giving the kid some advice.Now I would think that pitching coach Mark Prior would have given Miller some advice,or the soon to be peanut vender,Dave Roberts.The fact that Miller only mentions Lynn just boggles my mind.So much for preparing for the post season! Failure!

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