LA Dodgers Make Big Move With Bobby Miller

Bobby Miller came up last season as a much-heralded rookie for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and pretty much lived up to the billing, showing an exciting upside, going 11-4 with a 3.76 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 8.6 strikeouts per nine, with more to come. 

2024 has been a much different story, however. Call it 'the sophomore jinx' or whatever you want, but Miller has been a disaster this season, posting an 8.07 ERA in seven starts with a 1.83 WHIP. Now, the Dodgers have sent last year's prized rookie to the minors. 

Will he be able to turn things around in AAA? 

In four earlier starts in the minors on a rehab assignment, Miller didn't fare much better, posting a 9.95 ERA in two starts at A-ball, and then a 6.23 ERA in two starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City. 

Walks have been a big problem for Miller, as he's issued 5.6 free passes per nine innings in his seven major league starts, compared to the great control he demonstrated last year with only 2.3 walks per nine. 

The last straw came Tuesday night, when the 25-year-old surrendered 10 hits and nine earned runs in four innings in the Dodgers' blowout loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. 

It's a quick fall from grace, as Miller began the 2024 season with a scintillating performance, striking out 11 in six shutout innings, with only two hits allowed in a dominating outing against the St. Louis Cardinals.  

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