Look, the Astros won the game so it’s all good, but this was a little nuts: Brad Mills used six pitchers against six consecutive batters across an inning and a third.
Bud Norris started the game and went six and two-thirds innings. In the seventh, the last batter he faced was Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who singled in two runs. Time to go to the pen, right? Of course it was. But from the end of the seventh inning and on through the eighth, it went like this:
- Wilton Lopez faced Ruben Tejada and no one else;
- Wesley Wright faced Daniel Murphy and no one else;
- Brandon Lyon faced David Wright and no one else;
- Fernando Abad faced Ike Davis and no one else; and
- Fernando Rodriguez faced Scott Hairston and no one else.
Only Davis reached. All of the other one-batter relievers retired their men. And New York was kept scoreless for the entire inning and a third in which those six men pitched.
I bet that if even Tony La Russa was watching that game he’d say “damn.”
Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.
The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.
Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”