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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw Shocked by What He’s Seen from Bobby Miller

We shouldn’t be surprised at all the praise that keeps coming the way of Dodgers rookie Bobby Miller. After all, it’s Miller Time out in Los Angeles right now and for a good reason. Through four career starts, Miller has joined a select few pitchers in Dodgers history to only allow two or fewer runs over their first four starts. Only Fernando Valenzuela and Kenta Maeda have also accomplished this, as Miller is making serious history.

But we can add another person to the mix of someone who has been shocked by the rise of Miller and that’s his teammate and future Hall-of-Famer Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw spoke with AM570 LA Sports Radio and discussed the outstanding rookie right-hander. 

“I kind of thought he just reared back and threw 100 and just kind of whatever happens, happens. But no he’s got a — that slider he was throwing against the Yankees was real. That was a really good slider. You’ve seen flashes of a good curveball, throws his changeup enough too so he’s got four legit pitches.”

Via AM570 LA Sports Radio

Coming from a legend like Kershaw, this speaks volumes to how good Miller is and can be. He isn’t an easy guy to impress and he’s seen it all throughout his historic career. Miller has caught his eye just like the rest of the league. Kershaw even compared the rookie to himself and how Miller has more in his arsenal than he does.

“You can honestly say he has five pitches. I barely had three my whole career.”

Per AM570 LA Sports Radio

His patience on the mound has been impressive and has been a major reason to his success so far in his Major League career. But it’s his growth of his off-speed stuff that has helped take Miller to another level. The fastball will be there for him but having the ability to mix things up on the mound with other pitches allows him to pick apart hitters and confuse them at the plate. 

It’s reasonable to say that Miller has helped save the Dodgers during this current stretch of injuries and inconsistent play. Both he and Kershaw have been some of the only players on the Dodgers staff that can be relied upon lately and surely the two can learn from each other. 

For Miller, having a player like Kershaw in the dugout can allow him to grow even more as a professional. Kershaw is the ultimate team player and it’s just another advantage that Miller has at his disposal at such an early stage of his career.

From the look of things, Miller is on track to becoming the next great Dodgers pitcher. The hope is that he continues to improve and build on an impressive start as he gets more experience pitching on the biggest stage.

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

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