If you stayed up late last night you got to see the continuation of Wade Miley’s roller coaster season in Anaheim.
The Sox southpaw was perfect through five innings and carried a no-hitter into the seventh and left in the eighth having surrendered zero runs, one hit striking out six and walking two. His stellar effort left him with…..A no decision.
You see his mates couldn’t muster him a run!
It was his fourth outing this season in which he has gone more than five innings without surrendering a run. The previous three resulted in wins.
The good news is, it was his best outing of the season. The bad news is, that he has a tendency to cycle through some pretty bad stuff after a shut down outing. His last scoreless outing was June 21 in Kansas City; a six inning effort in a 13-2 Sox win. His next four outings he surrendered 15 runs in a total of 24 1/3 innings; going 1-2.
More bad news. Last night marked the beginning of the second half of the season. Thus it is customary that the pitching rotation gets reset. That meaning that the “Ace” starts the first game of the second half.
Hmmm. The Red Sox “ace” Clay Buchholz is on his way to see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his elbow. He just wants to be sure! Last week he was telling all that his MRI showed that his elbow looked like he “never threw a pitch.” Confusing? Not really, it took him two and a half months to “be sure” about his neck strain.
Sooo, does that mean that Miley is now viewed as the ace??? Really? Ouch!
This morning despite a great pitching performance, the Red Sox look like sellers!
If you stayed up late last night, you got to see Mike Trout’s continued rise to the mega heights as the games best player.
Trout took an 0-1 pitch from Koji into the left field seats making the Angels 1-0 winners! Trout is in his fourth big league season. He is 23 years old!!!! Absorb that a second! In a traditional look at stats I’ll tell you he has in his four short a 162 game average of .306 with 35 home runs and 101 RBI.
On the modern stat evaluation of WAR (Wins Above Replacement) he has led the league in 2012, 13, 14 and he leads it now! In that same vain, the good folks at baseball-reference.com evaluate players historically as to where they are at similar ages in their careers.
Mike Trout is in the company of these folks through their 22nd year.
Ken Griffey Jr.
Pay attention folks……He’s something special!
Oh and I am wondering this morning….Do you remember when a pitchers “scoreless outing” was called a shutout?
And so it is on this day in Fenway History, July 18, 2015