Bobby Miller is having a fantastic rookie season. Dodgers analyst and broadcaster, Jose Mota, has confidence in the youngster.
“I would give Bobby Miller the ball in Game 1,” Mota recently told DodgersNation.com. “Because I know he’s gonna go out there and fight. He’s got that fighter mentality. He’s got a mentality of, ‘I don’t want to come out of a game.’ He doesn’t look at the bullpen, he doesn’t look at the dugout. He’s like, ‘Next pitch, what do I need to do?’”
Miller wants to succeed and become an ace of the Dodger starting rotation. He is determined to improve with every start.
Unlike Clayton Kershaw when he was a rookie, Miller has four major league pitches. He was dominating in his first big league start against the Atlanta Braves and has really only had two rough starts since being promoted to the Dodgers. In those starts, he may admit he let his emotions get the better of him. After the All-Star break, Miller has done better at controlling his emotions when something doesn’t go his way. He doesn’t let everything domino out of control.
Miller understands the Dodgers need him to go deep in the game. He is trying to learn how to win when he doesn’t have his best stuff. With his four pitches, he usually has at least one working. In his 16 starts, he hurled 87.2 innings with 8 wins and 3 losses with a 4.00 ERA.
If Miller hadn’t performed well at the major league level, there’s a strong chance the Dodgers wouldn’t be running away with another National League Western Division title.
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