Miley will start Game 6 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Miley started Game 5, but in a surprising twist, manager Craig Counsell elected to remove the left-hander following just one batter. Per Rosenthal, this was the club's plan all along, so Miley will be ready to go for Game 6 after using Wednesday's start as a light bullpen session.
Miley will start Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Wednesday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Miley will get the ball on short rest after blanking the Dodgers through 5.2 innings in Game 2 on Saturday. Through two starts this postseason, the southpaw has allowed just five hits and one walk across 10.1 scoreless innings.
Miley threw 4.2 scoreless innings in Sunday's series-clinching victory over the Rockies. He allowed three hits, posted a 2:1 K:BB and did not factor into the decision. Miley almost certainly would have been allowed to go for the win had the Brewers been playing a regular-season contest Sunday, but manager Craig Counsell opted to turn to his bullpen in the fifth inning with a runner on and Charlie Blackmon at the plate, and the decision paid off when Corey Knebel struck Blackmon out. It's a good bet Miley makes a start at some point during the NLCS, but it remains to be seen when.
Miley will take the mound for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Rockies on Sunday as long as he isn't needed during Friday's contest, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. The Brewers did use six arms during Thursday's victory, but with Jhoulys Chacin on the mound and Gio Gonzalez, Freddy Peralta and Junior Guerra in the bullpen with the ability to eat up innings, Miley shouldn't be needed Friday. During his lone start versus the Rockies this season, he allowed three earned runs across five innings in a home start in early August, but pitching in Coors Field will present a different set of problems. Miley logged a 2.57 ERA (3.63 FIP) and a 5.6 K/9 in 16 starts for Milwaukee this year.
Miley didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 6-5 win over the Tigers, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk over three innings while striking out two. The southpaw ended the regular season with a whimper, failing to last more than five innings in any of his final four starts, but he still posted a respectable 3.52 ERA through 23 innings in September. Should the Brewers overtake the Cubs on the final day for the NL Central crown or advance past the NL Wild Card Game, look for Miley to handle a rotation spot in the playoffs.