The Milwaukee Brewers lost in heartbreaking fashion Saturday night, 4-3. A 2-run homerun in the 8th by Justin Turner off Jeremy Jeffress gave the Dodgers a lead that the Brew Crew couldn’t get back. I still don’t know why Counsell kept Jeffress in the game even after a shaky 7th inning, but I didn’t lead this Brewers team to 96 wins and the NLCS, so I’m not going to criticize one questionable move.
Milwaukee lost but you would not think so by the way starter, Wade Miley, pitched. He did everything he could to give the Brewers the win. Miley went 5.2 innings, gave up 2 hits, 0 runs, had 3 strikeouts, and 0 walks. He also helped himself out at the plate by getting 2 hits and scoring a run. After the game, manager Craig Counsell said, “Miley did great, he did his job. He did more than we expected.” Nobody on the Dodgers had solid contact against him except David Freese, a known Brewer killer, who had a homer taken away from him by Gold Glove candidate, Lorenzo Cain. A walk in the 6th inning with 2 outs is what forced Counsell to play his hand. You can bet if it was the regular season, Miley would’ve at least pitched through the 6th and maybe even the 7th. While he was walking off the field, Brewer fans gave him a standing ovation that Jesus Aguilar hilariously tipped his cap too. In 2 post season games, Miley has proved he can be depended on. He has pitched 10.1 innings, faced 37 batters, given up only 5 hits, struck out 5, only walked 1, and has given up 0 runs. This year is the only time Miley has ever pitched in the postseason.
A former All-Star and Rookie of the Year runner-up in 2012, Wade Miley has fallen a long way in 6 years. He started this current season in Double-A because no team wanted to take a chance on him. This is because last year he was one of the worst qualified starting pitchers in all of baseball. He went 8-15 and had a horrendous 5.61 ERA. Yes, you read that right, over 5 RUNS A GAME. The Milwaukee Brewers picked him up mid-season for help at starting pitcher. For the Brewers this regular season he started 16 games, went 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA. Before this season, the best ERA he had ever posted was a 3.33 which was 6 years and 4 teams ago. Miley has come back time and time again after tough injuries like his right oblique strain in May. He has been incredible all season, surpassing any expectations fans had of him when he was first signed. Miley has become a fan-favorite thanks to his gritty play, high energy, and greasy look. Honestly, I don’t think I could identify Miley if I passed him on a busy street. We can all see ourselves in Wade Miley, a regular looking guy, living out his dream pitching for one of the best teams in the MLB.
Wade Miley’s career has been revived thanks to the Milwaukee Brewers and one particular pitch. Miley started throwing the cut fastball more and more this season, something he had not done previously in his career, and has become a very tough pitcher to time up. When thrown correctly, the cut fastball is one of the most effective pitches in all of baseball. I mean, just look at what Mariano Rivera did with the pitch. The Brewers are on an absolute tear right now so get excited to see more of Wade Miley and his cut fastball.
Every Milwaukee playoff run I have witnessed in my lifetime, has always had an improbably hero. Whether it was Nyjer “T-Plush” Morgan, John Axford, CC Sabathia, or Corey Hart, Wade Miley will be a name Brewer fans associate with this playoff run for years to come.
*All stats according to baseball-reference.com”