Milone allowed three runs on four hits with six strikeouts and three walks across five innings while taking a loss against the Orioles on Saturday. The left-hander has yielded three runs or fewer while pitching at least five innings in four straight starts, but he has yet to earn a win during this stretch. Milone's best attribute has been his strikeouts, though, as he has punched out at least six batters in six of his seven outings this season. He is 1-2 with a 3.35 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 37.2 innings in 2019. Milone will start next at the Astros on Friday.
Milone will be used as a traditional starter rather than as a bulk reliever in Saturday's game against the Orioles, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Milone delivered impressive results while working behind an opener in his last three turns through the rotation, garnering a 2.55 ERA, 0.62 WHIP and 13 strikeouts in 17.2 innings over that span. The southpaw's success may have motivated manager Scott Servais to give Milone another look in the traditional starting role, which should give the southpaw an opportunity to cover more innings than he would as a bulk reliever. If Milone fails to maintain his strong form of late in Saturday's outing, he could return to bulk-relief duty the next time his turn in the rotation comes up.
Milone will work as the primary pitcher Saturday against the Orioles, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Milone has pitched well behind an opener in each of his past three appearances, so he'll continue to work in that role for the time being. The southpaw owns a 2.55 ERA, 0.62 WHIP and 13:1 K:BB in three outings as a primary pitcher (17.2 innings), which is a step above his 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 19:4 K:BB in 15 innings as a starter (three starts). It remains to be seen who will serve as the opener ahead of him Saturday.
Milone threw 6.1 innings as the primary pitcher against the Royals on Monday, giving up one earned run on three hits over 6.1 innings, striking out six and walking none as the Mariners lost 6-4. He didn't factor into the decision. Milone put in another good performance as the primary pitcher, but he wouldn't get the win as Anthony Bass blew the save after giving up an eighth-inning two-run homer to Jorge Soler. It remains to be seen if the Mariners continue to use him in this role, but Milone's numbers on the season are solid so far, as he's now sporting a 3.03 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP and a 32:5 K:BB over 32.2 innings.
Milone will serve as the primary pitcher Monday against the Royals, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Taylor Scott is working as the opener, with Milone set to follow and cover the majority of innings. The southpaw has pitched well as a bulk reliever in his last two trips to the mound, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out seven across 11.1 innings.