Wade Miley was traded to the Mariners before the 2016 season where he spent the majority of the year before being traded again, this time to the Orioles at the end of July. After logging over 190 innings in each of his previous four seasons, Miley was less durable during his age-29 campaign, and spent a few weeks on the disabled list with the Mariners. At the time he was traded to the Orioles, the veteran left-hander had posted a 4.98 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over 112 innings. The move to the AL East wasn't kind to Miley, as he performed no better with the Orioles. In 11 starts with Baltimore, he posted a 6.17 ERA (3.79 FIP), 1.57 WHIP and a 55:15 K:BB over 54 innings. He also fell victim to a career-worst .328 BABIP and 69 percent left-on-base rate, which factor into his lower FIP. As the only lefty in the starting rotation, Miley will again be relied upon to eat innings for the Orioles in 2017, though his fantasy floor and ceiling are incredibly low.
Miley struck out 11 over eight superb innings against the Reds on Thursday night, allowing just one run on two hits and a walk, though he didn't receive a decision. It's early, but Miley has been awfully hard to hit, compiling a stunning 24:8 K:BB while allowing only eight base knocks over his first 19 innings. Obviously, there's some BABIP luck at play there, but the advanced stats like this version of Miley; if he keeps striking batters out like he has in his last two starts, he could experience a lot of success. Of course, he is 30 years old and has never shown any sign of being this kind of stud pitcher, so don't plunge headlong in fantasy.
Miley (1-0) allowed three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out eight Blue Jays in Friday's win. After walking seven batters and showing a complete lack of control against the Yankees five days ago, Miley apparently found his command during the subsequent off days. Friday, the left-hander issued zero free passes while striking out eight or more for the seventh time in his career. There were a few bumps early in the contest against the Jays, but the 30-year-old looked strong overall and gave his owners a reason to be optimistic moving forward. Miley will take the ball next in Cincinnati on Thursday.
Miley (illness) tossed five innings of shutout ball with one hit, seven walks and five strikeouts Sunday against the Yankees. He did not factor into the decision. Miley delivered a truly unique start after being activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, routinely escaping trouble despite throwing just 56 percent of his pitches for strikes and allowing a single for the only hit on his ledger. He left with a chance at a victory, but the Yankees took over in the latter stages and wound up with a comfortable win. Walks have always been a part of Miley's game, and results such as this will surely be hard to come by if he continues to miss the strike zone with such regularity. He will need to execute more effectively in his next start Friday against the Blue Jays.
Miley (illness) was activated from the 10-day disabled list and will start Sunday's game against the Yankees, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports. Coming out of spring training, the Orioles placed Miley on the DL with an upper-respiratory infection, but that was likely just a means to create roster flexibility with the team not requiring a fifth starter until Sunday. Miley was able to toss a simulated game a few days earlier to stay fresh during his time on the DL, so he shouldn't face any limitations with his pitch count Sunday. That being said, Miley won't represent a roster-worthy option outside of deep mixed and AL-only formats after churning out a career-worst 5.37 ERA over 166 innings with the Mariners and Orioles a season ago.
Miley (illness) threw a simulated game Tuesday and is ready to make his season debut Sunday against the Yankees, Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun reports. Davis threw 87 pitches Tuesday and was happy with how he felt after the workout. However, he mentioned that he was still figuring out his control and threw some pitches higher than he would have liked. Miley doesn't expect to have a pitch count for Sunday's outing, as the purpose of Tuesday's workout wasn't for him to prove he was physically able to throw. Rather, it was to give him the chance to pitch for an extended period of time after missing much of the spring with the flu.
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