Miley (6-10) allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four over 4.2 innings in a loss to the Mariners on Tuesday. The lefty failed to build on the momentum from his seven-inning gem his last time out, as he labored late and was ultimately pulled with one out remaining in the fifth. Miley has allowed five hits or fewer in each of his last five starts, but he leads all major-league pitchers with 72 walks on the season. He's a high-risk option who offers little strikeout upside as a streamer.
Miley (6-9) delivered seven innings of one-run ball to notch his sixth win of the season Thursday against the A's. He surrendered three hits and three walks while fanning seven batters. The lone run Miley surrendered was unearned as he dropped his season ERA to 5.19. He was able to limit base runners, something he has struggled to do for much of the season. Miley's outing Thursday was his longest start since he went 7.0 innings June 1 against Boston. He's lined up to make his next start Tuesday against his former team, the Seattle Mariners.
Miley (5-9) allowed two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five across five innings, in a no-decision Saturday against the Tigers. Miley gave up a two-run homer in the first inning, but threw up zeroes after that, though his offense was unable to provide him enough run support to earn him a victory. After a horrendous July, Miley's solid outing was encouraging, though he'll likely need to string together a couple more strong performances before fantasy managers begin to regain trust in him. He'll make his next start Friday against Oakland.
Miley went 2-3 in July while posting an 8.68 ERA and surrendering a .408 wOBA -- the worst such marks for any month during his seven-year career. Despite inducing groundballs at a career-high rate, Miley's 1.4 HR/9 through 22 starts is his worst ever. Command continues to plague the 30-year-old, whose 5.2 BB/9 is tied for highest in MLB. Miley's 1.76 WHIP is worst in baseball among qualified pitchers, although one could argue that his career-high .345 BABIP has something to do with that. More troubling than any of this may be the fact that batters have been squaring the ball up more than ever before against the righty, racking up a 34.6 percent hard-contact rate. With a large sample size in place, mixed-league owners have no reason to hang on to Miley in hopes of a late-season rebound.
Miley (5-9) held the Rangers to two runs on four hits with one walk and five strikeouts over five innings in Sunday's 10-6 win. Miley has now gone 11 consecutive outings without a quality start, but this effort still represents a major improvement after his past three opponents tagged him for a combined 17 earned runs in 15.2 innings. Baltimore's bats made sure he walked away victorious in this one, staking the veteran southpaw to a 9-2 lead by the time he exited this contest after 105 pitches. A repeat of this result is the best Miley could hope for when he next takes the mound Friday against a righty-laden Tigers lineup.
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