An extraordinary rookie with a four-seam fastball that touched 100 miles per hour. After just four games in his debut, he’s made Los Angeles Dodgers history.
Bobby Miller, 24, took the mound against the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2023 Major League Baseball game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Nov. 11.
Miller faced a Philadelphia lineup of Kyle Schwarber (left field), Nick Castellanos (right field), Bryce Harper (designated hitter), Trey Turner (shortstop), JT Realmuto (catcher), Bryce Stott (second base), Brandon Marsh (center field), Cody Clemens (first base), and Edmundo Sosa (third base).
After getting out of the first inning with a triple, Miller ran into trouble in the second. He gave up a single to Turner and a double to Stott to put runners on first and third. He struck out Marsh on a swinging strikeout, but got Clemens to fly out to center and induced Sosa to ground out to second to escape the jam.
From there, the strong pitching continued. He struck out the side in the fifth and retired the next two batters he faced with runners on base in the fourth and sixth innings to end the game. His final line was six innings, three hits, three walks, seven strikeouts, and no runs. His fastball was up to 100.4 miles per hour (161.5 kilometers per hour), with six balls touching 100 mph. The team improved to 9-0 and picked up their third win of the season.
Miller has been on a roll since 메이저놀이터 making his big league debut this season. In four starts, he is 3-0 with a 0.78 ERA, 23 strikeouts, and a 0.83 WHIP.
Sarah Lance, a reporter for MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, highlighted Miller’s performance on social media after the game. “Miller is the second Dodgers pitcher since 1901 to throw five or more innings and hold a team to one run in his first four starts,” she wrote.
The previous record was held by Genta Maeda (35, Minnesota Twins) in 2016. However, Genta spent eight years in the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) before reaching the majors, so he can’t be considered a pure rookie. In effect, Miller set a first in Dodgers history. It’s something that hasn’t been accomplished by any of the Dodgers’ modern-day aces, including Clayton Kershaw (35), Walker Buehrle (29), and Julio Urias (27).
Miller told MLB.com after the game, “(Philadelphia) had a really good lineup. I just had to focus on throwing all my pitches,” Miller said after the game.
Miller makes Dodgers history. As he continues to make his way through the big leagues, we’ll see what kind of pitcher he can become.