161km Dodgers monster rookie who missed Kershaw’s shock “I’ve only thrown three pitches in my life…”
- on Jun 15, 2023
Clayton Kershaw (35) was also surprised to see the monster rookie pitcher Bobby Miller (24) appearing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He praised him as a pitcher with better talent than himself.
Miller made his debut against the Atlanta Braves on the 24th (hereinafter Korean time) with a 5-inning, 1-run victory, then a 6-inning, 1-run victory against the Washington Nationals on the 30th, 6 scoreless innings against the New York Yankees on the 5th, and a no-decision game against the New York Yankees on the 11th. He is fighting well with a scoreless victory over the Phillies in six innings.
After his debut, he went 3-0 with an earned run average of 0.78 in 4 games. He allowed only two runs on 12 hits and seven walks in 23 innings while striking out 23. In the history of the Dodgers, Miller is the third player to have allowed less than two runs in the first four games of his debut, following Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 and Kenta Maeda in 2016. He has only played 4 games yet, but it is all the more impressive because of the performances he has achieved against hard-hitting lines such as Atlanta, Yankees and Philadelphia.
Kershaw was surprised by Miller’s performance. On the 14th, ‘Dodgers Nation’, a media specializing in the Dodgers, reported Kershaw’s comments praising Miller in an interview with AM570 LA Sports Radio, saying, ‘Kershaw was shocked by Miller’s appearance.’
“I thought he could throw 100 mph, but he had a really good slider against the Yankees,” Kershaw said. He was a really good slider. He has a good curveball and throws an ample changeup. He is a player with all four types of pitches,” he praised Miller’s ability to use not only his fastball but also his breaking ball.
Miller is a fastball pitcher with a four-seam fastball velocity of up to 100.4 miles (161.6 km) and an average of 99.2 miles (159.6 km), but he uses five pitches evenly. He throws a slider (25.3%), changeup (15.6%), four-seam (11.6%), and curveball (9.9%), centered around a sinker (37.6%), another fastball type. The swing miss rate of the slider reached 42.6%. So far, his slider batting average is only 9.1 Lee.
“You could say Miller had five pitches,” Kershaw said. I’ve only thrown three pitches in my career,” he said. Kershaw, who threw up to 97 miles (156.1 km) in his prime, is still using three types of pitches, a four-seam fastball, curveball and slider, even after his average velocity has declined as he aged. Although he is simple, he has a long run with reliable pitches and commands.
To such Kershaw, Miller, who has five pitches along with a fastball, can only be seen as a shock. Miller, a 196cm, 99kg right-handed fastball pitcher, was nominated by the Dodgers with the 29th overall pick in the first round of the 2020 draft. He was in the process of training in the minor leagues, but he received a call-up to the big leagues due to injuries to key starters such as Dustin May and Julio Urias, and is quickly establishing himself. 메이저놀이터
Miller is poised to form a one-two punch with Kershaw, who pitched 76⅓ innings, the most in 13 games this year, with an average of 8 wins, 4 losses, an ERA of 2.95, and 93 strikeouts. Dodgers Nation said, ‘The two players the Dodgers can rely on these days can learn from each other. For Miller, having a player like Kershaw in the dugout will allow him to grow further as a pro. Kershaw is the best team play, and another advantage for Miller in the early stages of his career,’ he expected. /[email protected]