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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Praises Bobby Miller After Final Tune Up Before Postseason

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts knows that this October will be unlike any other he’s managed for the team in his career thus far.

One reason for that change is the contributions from his rookie rotation and the LA skipper spoke about Bobby Miller’s emergence over the course of the season headed into the NLDS.

“I think that you can have confidence, but to have real confidence that is sustainable, you have to perform and pitch well and he’s done that,” Roberts said. “Each time out there he’s gotten better and taken something from each outing. He’ll be ready to go for the postseason.”

via Bill Plunkett, OC Register

Miller’s final start of the season was short but efficient after four scoreless innings against the Giants in LA’s 100th win of the season.

The 24-year-old’s emergence for the big league roster came at a vital time after both Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin eventually got shut down for the season with respective elbow injuries.

The rookie started 22 games with over 124 innings pitched and struck out 119 batters with his elite stuff.

Triple digit fastballs and hammering curveballs were on full display throughout his rookie year and Miller’s eyes now turn to a postseason unlike any during Dave Roberts’ time manning LA’s dugout.

Miller alongside Emmet Sheehan and Ryan Pepiot in particular all played significant roles for LA’s rotation in the second half.

All three will continue to do so in the postseason due to the injuries throughout the team’s pitching corps.

The Louisville product certainly learned a lot from a mentor in Clayton Kershaw and both will now start back-to-back games against the winner of the Brewers vs. Diamondbacks series.

Expectations aren’t nearly as high this season as they have been in years past, but Dodger fans would still love to see a World Series title in what was meant to be a transitional year.

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