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Diamondbacks to keep Miley in Rotation, Saunders looking like an Ace

By Tyler Roberts

The Diamondbacks are going to stick with Wade Miley in the starting rotation for the foreseeable future or at least until Daniel Hudson comes off the 15-day disabled list.

Miley has been impressive in his stints out of the bullpen and his start against the Philadelphia Phillies, posting a 2-0 record and a 1.84 ERA in four games, giving up only three runs on nine hits in 14 2/3 innings of work.  Miley is holding opposing batters to an impressive .167 average and holds a .95 WHIP.

The Diamondbacks have such a plethora of good, big name pitching prospects that Miley seems to get lost in the shuffle of Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs, and Patrick Corbin.  Miley was drafted by the D-backs with the 43rd pick in the 2008 draft.  He made his debut for the Diamondbacks last year against the Atlanta Braves and pitched in eight games finishing with a 4-2 record and a 4.50 ERA in eight games, seven of which were starts.

Miley has been one of the bright spots so far this season for the Diamondbacks and arguably the most consistent pitcher behind Joe Saunders.  That is most important in a season that has been full of ups and downs and injuries to have a consistent force in the starting rotation.  Ian Kennedy has been decent, but not quite as sharp as he should be.  Saunders, the fifth starter, is pitching like an ace and finally got the run support he has been lacking in his three-hit shutout of the Miami Marlins on Friday.

Depending on who gets called up from the minors to possibly fill the hole demoting Josh Collmenter to the bullpen will create, the pitching staff will be more stable and should be able to carry the team until its stars; Chris Young, Hudson, Justin Upton, and Stephen Drew, can return to full health.

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