August 20th, 2007
First, the numbers: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
He threw 34 pitches, 25 of them for strikes, a really good ratio and pitch count for three innings of work — even if it was against Triple-A hitters (albeit some prospects from a Pirates farm system catching up on position players). After five walks his last time out for the Hens and falling behind other hitters, he didn’t mess around in his second outing. He threw fewer pitches in three innings tonight than he did in his first inning alone last week.
The only run that he allowed basically scored because of his only wild pitch. Steven Pearce flared an opposite-field single leading off the second, then Miller threw a wild pitch on his first delivery of the night out of the stretch. Groundouts from Neil Walker and Jose Hernandez (yes, that Jose Hernandez) brought Pearce around to score.
As for his stuff, most of his strikeouts apparently came on his breaking ball. He also threw a very good slider.
So, where to now? By going three innings by design, he seems to have set himself up as an option to start Friday on three days’ rest should the Tigers want to keep Jurrjens around. If the Tigers do that, it would move Chad Durbin to the bullpen, but you could make a good argument from the statistics and other facets that Durbin would be a better option as a reliever than Miller would be.