(via TurnersTwist.com) Take away one mistake, a Joey Voto home run, from last nights pitching performance and you can say Shelby Miller was dealing it. Through the first five innings, Miller struck out eight of the 15 outs he recorded and allowed just two hits and two walks. He looked liked he had command of his fastball and was getting hitters to chase his off speed. Even though the 6th inning became a problem, it was nice to be reaffirmed that Miller has what it takes to be a very successful starter.
With that said, I think it is time to see if Miller has a shot at being the NL Rookie of the Year.
To get a frame of reference, let’s first take a look at the past ROY’s.
The last rookie of the year in the NL that was a starting pitcher was Dontrelle Willis in 2003 for Miami. Before Willis was Jason Jennings of Colorado in 2002. This might make you think that it is hard for a starting pitcher to win but the news is more positive when you look at the AL.
The most recent AL ROY that was a starting pitcher was Jeremy Hellickson in 2011 for Tampa Bay. The starting pitcher prior to Hellickson to win was Justin Verlander in 2006 for Detroit. To see where Miller would stack up against these four, I collected their stats from their award winning year and compared them to Miller’s current stats.
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