Justin Miller has struck out five batters in four innings so far this season, but has also allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks.
Miller has looked good in a couple of his outings, most recently striking out the side against the Cubs on Friday. However, he also has a pair of very bad outings that muddied his numbers. All in all, if Miller can limit the number of horrible innings he throws and continue to punch out plenty of batters, he should continue to be used fairly frequently out of the Colorado Rockies bullpen.
Manager Walt Weiss said that Justin Miller is "in good position" for a spot in the Colorado Rockies bullpen, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
Miller performed surprisingly well last season, posting a 10.3 K/9 and 0.96 WHIP in 33.1 innings pitched. He had a few bad appearances in August that ballooned his ERA to 4.05 on the season, but he still projects to be one of the better arms out of the Colorado bullpen as long as he can replicate his pre-August form.
Colorado Rockies reliever Justin Miller was charged with a blown save and his third loss of the season after yielding four runs while recording just two outs in Wednesday's 8-6 loss to the Diamondbacks.
The Rockies entered the bottom of the seventh inning clinging to a two-run lead, but after retiring the first two batters with relative ease, Miller imploded. He first gave up an inside-the-park homer by Phil Gosselin, then surrendered an infield single, a base hit, and a two-run double, in succession before getting the yank.
The poor outing was quite uncharacteristic for Miller, who gave up just one run and two hits while striking out 18 batters over 12 innings in September. The Rockies will likely write off Thursday's blowup as an aberration and continue to deploy him in the late innings.
"I had a conversation with John a little earlier and I told him I was going to get him out of that ninth inning for a little bit and let him catch his breath," Weiss said Friday, per The Denver Post.
Axford, who once saved 46 games in a season, got off to a blazing start in 2015. He had converted each of his first 12 save opportunities and gave up just one earned run over his first 20 appearances.
But he has struggled lately, posting a whopping 12.15 ERA over his past nine outings.
"I'm not so bullheaded as to say that I want to pitch in the ninth inning and that's how it has to be," Axford said. "I have pitched in other innings and I've had success in other innings. A lot of my success has come in the ninth, but that's also where some of the pain comes.
"Stepping away definitely could be beneficial. It's worked before for me. It worked in 2012."
Weiss indicated he will likely go with a closer-by-committee approach, with the likes of
"We have a few different options down there, so it will probably come down match-ups and who is available," Weiss said. "So there will be a few different guys throwing at the end."
Following the recent trade of Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto, the
Adames has not appeared in the big leagues yet this season, but he owns a .296/.342/.416 slash line with 16 doubles and seven home runs in 86 games with Alburquerque.
Miller made eight relief appearances for the Rockies earlier this season, posting a 1.29 ERA over seven innings of work.
Laffey, an eight-year veteran, pitched 2 1/3 innings in a relief outing earlier this year. He is 2-3 with a 4.78 ERA in 58 1/3 innings with the Isotopes.
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