He is a starting pitcher, taking the ball every fifth day. Of all the names that started higher in the pecking order in the rotation, he has been the one shining star in a season full of expectations. There is no doubt that Wade Miley has been the Arizona Diamondbacks’ MVP. Without him, there is no telling how badly 2012 could be right now for Arizona.
With six victories, Miley has accounted for 27% of his team’s wins. To put that in perspective, last season Clayton Kershaw’s percentage of wins compared with the Dodgers’ total number of victories was 25%. Miley’s season reminds me of the value of CC Sabathia to the Yankees. New York is three games over .500 and would be a lot worse off if Sabathia was having a subpar season. He gives them team consistency and solid efforts in almost every start, two things the other members of the rotation have not provided. The same is starting to hold true for Miley and the D-Backs. His ERA is over a run lower than the next closest member of the staff and while he has only gone seven innings once, he has kept his team in every game giving up more than three runs only once. Heck, Miley is even on fire at the plate with eight hits in eighteen at-bats, good for a .444 average.
On Friday night in San Diego, Miley is scheduled to pitch the first game of the weekend set versus the Padres. He will be asked to do something the D-Backs haven’t been very good at lately: win the first game of a series and set the tone for a three games against the last place Friars. There have been few bright spots thus far this season in the Valley. The emergence of Wade Miley will hopefully be the catalyst of many good things still to come in 2012.
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