Miley's spring training struggles continued Friday against the A's as he gave up four runs over 2.1 innings, allowing two hits and four walks, with the big blow coming on a two-run homer by Matt Olson. So far this spring, Miley has a 17.18 ERA. The usual caveat about spring training stats applies, and it should be noted that the ball was flying out of the park Friday. Still, Miley finished 2019 poorly with the Astros, so some positive performances from him this spring would be reassuring for anyone looking to add him -- or already has added him -- to their fantasy squad.
Miley agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with Cincinnati on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. He could find himself in the No. 4 spot in the rotation with Luis Castillo, Trevor Bauer and Sonny Gray (elbow) likely filling the first three slots. The Reds have arguably the best rotation in the NL Central, although Miley is the lone southpaw. He enjoyed a 14-6 record in 2019 with the Astros, posting a 3.98 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with a 140:61 K:BB over 167.1 innings. Tyler Mahle probably gets squeezed into a swingman role, barring an injury or a trade.
Miley is not on the Astros' ALCS roster, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Miley struggled in his only appearance in the ALDS, allowing three runs (two earned) off four hits and one walk while recording one strikeout in 2.2 innings pitched. The Astros elected to carry a pitching staff of only right-handers heading into the ALCS, leaving the southpaw off the roster for the series.
Miley is on the Astros' ALDS roster. Miley's 3.98 ERA on the season is perfectly respectable, but he fell off hard down the stretch, posting a 16.68 ERA and a 3.09 WHIP in five September starts. The Astros' haven't announced their rotation plans for a possible Game 4, but Miley's late struggles could mean he loses out to Jose Urquidy for that start.
Miley did not factor in the decision against the Angels on Thursday, tossing four innings and giving up three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out a pair. Miley labored in four innings of work, needing 93 pitches -- only 54 of which were thrown for strikes -- to retire 12 batters. He pitched from behind throughout most of the appearance, firing first-pitch balls to 11 of the 19 batters he faced. The southpaw was remarkably consistent through his first 22 starts, allowing no more than four earned runs in any outing, but he has fallen apart in September, posting a 16.68 ERA over five starts. Miley finishes 2019 with a 14-6 record, 3.98 ERA and 1.34 WHIP; it remains to be seen what role -- if any -- he will have for the Astros in the postseason.
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