Just a year ago, everybody was raving about the Atlanta Braves' youth movement with Michael Harris II, Spencer Strider and Vaughn Grissom. The script has quickly been flipped after the Los Angeles Dodgers have introduced James Outman, Miguel Vargas, Gavin Stone and now Bobby Miller.
Stone and Miller have pitched in the series against the Braves this week, with Miller making his MLB debut on Tuesday and blowing everybody away. Despite a rough start to the year in Triple-A (5.65 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and just 12 strikeouts in four starts totaling 14.1 innings), the flamethrowing right-hander shut down the Braves' bats.
He hurled five innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits and one walk to one of the best lineups in the sport. Maybe he just needed to face real competition to feel more comfortable?
Manager Dave Roberts said after the game that Miller would get another turn through the rotation before any other decisions are made, which should be regarded as another accomplishment for the 24-year-old.
Does Miller not look like a carbon copy of Walker Buehler? Dodgers fans got a preview of this when he struck out Shohei Ohtani last year during spring training, but this is the most encouraging mark of his young career to date.
Dodgers' Bobby Miller delivers awesome quote after dominant outing
Miller and the Dodgers celebrated appropriately after securing the series win Tuesday night. After recording his first career win, Miller was doused in beer, various condiments, and even some shampoo. His response? "I loved it."
Embracing every second of his first appearance in the bigs, even the part with relish!
Miller's next start will come against the Washington Nationals next week, and fans are appropriately wondering what to expect from him moving forward. The Dodgers' pitching staff as a whole is thin, and after Dustin May was transferred to the 60-day IL, anything's possible with how the team's top prospects are handled. And if Noah Syndergaard continues to be unimpressive, Andrew Friedman and Co. may not hesitate to make Stone and Miller regulars for the remainder of the season, as long as they continue to pull their own weight. For now, at least, with Julio Urías on the IL, fans can enjoy more of the youth movement.
Hold the ketchup, mustard, relish and shampoo, though ... unless Miller wants more of that.