Bobby Miller was making his Dodger Stadium debut on Monday night and was overwhelming. The Nationals are not the pushovers many thought they would be. They are one of the best (if not the best) bat to ball skill team in MLB. Miller struck out 4 and only walked 1.
Washington has the best batting average for any NL team and #3 in MLB. They are #4 in NL OBP and #8 MLB. The Dodgers are 22nd in MLB in batting average and 11th in OBP. The Nationals have struck out the least number of times in the NL and second least in MLB. Contrarily, the Dodgers have struck out the second most in the NL and 6th most in MLB.
Bobby made a couple of mistakes, but very few. One of those mistakes presented the Dodgers with perhaps the biggest game changing defensive play. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and 2 outs, CJ Abrams singled to RF to score the first runner. However, Jason Heyward threw a 94.7 MPH one hopper to Will Smith to tag out the trailing runner to end the inning. Big moment in the game. Instead of at least 2-0, it was only 1-0.
Jason Heyward Throw pic.twitter.com/E2bpTsFAg7
— Mad Choriyama (@MadChoriyama) May 30, 2023
Bobby faced 22 batters and threw strike 1 to 14 of them. He showcased his full repertoire of pitches (5), and with the guidance of Will Smith, mixed them very well. He threw his sinker the most (27) with his 4-seamer and change being his #2 offering (18 each). That is the second time that Miller has said that he put his full faith in Will to call the game, and just let him pitch. It was a combo that is producing dominating pitching performances.
For most of the game the Dodger hitters were not productive. However, for one inning, the bats came to life after CJ Abrams booted a DP ball. With runners on the corners, James Outman, who broke an 0-18 string with a single earlier in the 3rd inning, drove his 1st pitch into LF for a game tying sac fly.
Chris Taylor grounded into a force play, but it was his hustle that kept him out of a DP. Mookie then hit a 2-out single that was followed by a Freddie 2-run double. It was Freddie’s 17th double for the Month of May, which makes Freddie the franchise leader for doubles in a calendar month. He passed former Dodger icon, Babe Herman.
All Freddie Freeman does is hit pic.twitter.com/469JuhBL8v
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHHarris) May 30, 2023
With the score at 3-1, Will Smith drew a BB bringing up JD Martinez. JDM stayed hot and hit a 3-run HR into the right center field stands and a 6-1 lead. David Peralta followed with another single. LAD did not get another base runner the rest of the game. Washington relievers retired the last 10 Dodgers to come to the plate.
JD Martinez took a pay cut because he wanted to win and retool his career. So far the investment is paying off big time for Just Dingers.
— Klein25 (@Klein25) May 30, 2023
Bobby Miller is now 2-0 in his two MLB starts. After Monday’s game, Bobby pitched 6.0 innings, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits, 1 walk and 3 Ks. With his 2 starts against 2 very good offensive teams, Bobby Miller has now pitched 11.0 innings. His ERA is down to 1.64 and his WHIP is at 0.91.
Doc has already said that Bobby will be making his next start on Sunday at home vs NYY. I think it is going to be fun watching strength against strength with Miller vs Aaron Judge. How long after Sunday, remains to be seen.
It is likely that Michael Grove will be taking Gavin Stone’s spot in the rotation for Saturday. As long as he continues to be productive, Bobby Miller will be the odds on favorite to replace Grove in Dustin May’s spot. Maybe Bobby Miller will be this year’s version of Atlanta’s Spencer Strider.
It was only 1 game, but it was exciting to see a glimpse into the future with Bobby Miller on the mound, thinking what it might be like next year with Buehler, May, Gonsolin, and Miller, and ????? But that is 2024, and there is still a bunch of 2023 to get excited about.