Andrew Miller got the win last night over the Giants and improved his record to 2-2 on the year. Since his return from an oblique injury, Miller has also been putting up more consistent numbers.
His ERA has dropped from 6.94 to 4.31 since coming back April 20th. Over that span, Miller has also struck out 26 batters while walking only 15. He has given up more than 2 earned runs only once in the 5 starts since his return and the Marlins are 3-2 over that span.
Who we see emerging is a pitcher that has the ability to control a game, strike out hitters, and give his team a chance to win. In short, we see the #1 starter talent the Marlins were hoping to find in Miller starting to emerge right now. Miller is still quite young, and the main obstacle for tall pitchers like Miller is keeping his mechanics tight and consistently throwing strikes. With Randy Johnson in the opposite dugout in this series, it is easy to make the comparison in regards to potential. It should be noted, however, that Randy Johnson was a late bloomer and it took him some time to really come into his own – it wasn’t until after he left the Expos for Seattle that Johnson started to dominate.
So, is Miller finally turning that corner? Keep an eye on his pitch counts and his strike to ball ratios. These are the defining stats – not his Ks – that will indicate whether or not Miller finally gets it. Perhaps also Miller’s psyche will start to turn into a hardened, mature professional competitor, too.