So far in 2017, Andrew Miller has been his usual unhittable self. As the anchor of the defending AL champs’ formidable bullpen, Miller has amassed some ridiculous stats up until June 13th (MLB rank among qualified relievers in parentheses)
0.29 ERA (1st)
0 HR allowed (T-1st)
1 ER allowed (T-1st)
.128 opponent BA (3rd)
0.61 WHIP (3rd)
Dominance. Pure dominance.
But Cody Bellinger didn’t give a shit about any of that when he stepped in to face Miller with the score locked at 2-2 in the 8th inning on Tuesday night.
The first home run Andrew Miller has allowed all year. And the first home run Miller has allowed against a lefty since August 1st, 2016. Not only did Bellinger take Miller deep lefty/lefty, he took his SLIDER deep. Let me show you just how impressive that is.
In the 2017 season, Andrew Miller has thrown 85 sliders to lefties this year. Here’s a heat map of his opponents’ batting average against said sliders:
Zeroes EVERYWHERE. If you’re a lefty and Andrew Miller throws you a slider, you’re simply not touching it. Yet Bellinger sent that shit to the bleachers.
The next night, the Indians once again found themselves in a 2-2 game in the 8th inning. And once again, they called upon Andrew Miller. Kike Hernandez didn’t give a shit about any heat maps or stats either.
In two games, Miller’s ERA jumped from 0.29 to 1.60.
None of this means that Andrew Miller is broken or that Indians fans should worry. He’s fine, it’s just a reminder that baseball can humble you so fucking fast it’ll make your head spin.