Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
Bobby Miller got off to a historic start with the Los Angeles Dodgers before hitting a bit of a rough patch at the beginning of summer, but lately has been pitching more like the rookie who took MLB by storm by throwing 20 consecutive scoreless innings.
Miller pitched into the seventh inning for the first time in his career against the Arizona Diamondbacks last week and allowed just four hits without giving up a run. It was Miller’s first scoreless outing since he completed six shutout innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 10.
Miller has now yielded three runs or fewer in five consecutive starts since the All-Star break. He owns a solid 2.84 ERA and 1.26 WHIP during that span.
A key focus for Miller has been better controlling his emotions during starts, which he believes is coming more naturally with experience, as seen on SportsNet LA:
“I feel like I used to always be like that, and I feel like I’ve been a better job this year of staying calm out there. Staying calm as much as I can is going to help me go further in games. … It’s definitely a part of growing and getting better. You see it from some of the older guys. I kind of learned it from them. They’re just head down, tunnel vision, staying locked in and focusing on going deep in the game.”
Just 13 starts into his big league career, Miller has shown a maturity that is beyond his years with how he approaches games.
In addition to his talent that made him one of the sport’s top pitching prospects, the 24-year-old’s willingness to learn from veteran pitchers is impressive and bodes well for his future success.
Miller is next scheduled to start on Tuesday, when the Dodgers begin a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. He brings with him a 6-2 record with a 3.89 ERA, 3.57 FIP and 1.24 WHIP in 69.1 innings pitched.
Bobby Miller among Dodgers who participated in backpack drive at Dodger Stadium
The Dodgers and Jacoby & Meyers again partnered for a backpack drive at Dodger Stadium to help local students get prepared for the new school year.
SportsNet LA reporter Kirsten Watson welcomed children and their families when they entered at the top deck, where the likes of Dodgers coaches Dino Ebel and Clayton McCullough, along with Miller, Miguel Rojas and Chris Taylor distributed backpacks and caps.
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