The beat goes on for Braves right-hander Shelby Miller, who saw his winless streak extended to 19 starts as part of a 4-0 loss to the Marlins tonight. He’s now 5-12 on the year despite a 2.56 ERA.
Miller wasn’t originally scheduled to start, but he was moved up a day after Michael Foltynewicz was scratched due to illness. He pitched really well on short notice, allowing one run on six hits and no walks over seven innings. The lone run scored on a solo homer from Cole Gillespie in the second inning, but it was enough to put him on the losing side, as the Braves got absolutely nothing going against Chris Narveson. Yes, Chris Narveson.
Miller is now winless dating back to May 17. While he’s 0-11 in that time, he has posted a 3.13 ERA while receiving an average of two runs of support from his offense. Needless to say, he has deserved far better. His recent string of bad luck has been enough to change Fredi Gonzalez’s opinion about the utility of pitcher wins:
According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Miller now has the second-longest winless streak in franchise history. Carl Morton, who went 22 starts between a win from 1975-1976, holds the record.
Chris Narveson, who was a mid-rotation starter for the Brewers in 2010 and 2011 before injuries derailed him, has agreed to a deal with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in Japan.
According to the Japan Times his deal is worth $850,000 for one season and the 33-year-old left-hander can also earn further incentives.
Narveson totaled just 11 innings in the majors during the past two seasons after starting 28 games for Milwaukee in back-to-back years.
After being bumped to the bullpen following the addition of Kyle Lohse, now Chris Narveson is headed to the disabled list.
The Brewers just announced that Narveson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left middle finger. The injury caused him to be unavailable yesterday against the Diamondbacks, which led to John Axford giving up a go-ahead two-run homer to Eric Hinske after he stayed on for a second inning of relief.
No word yet on the corresponding roster move, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com hears that it will be a position player. And that’s much-needed after the Brewers were forced to have Lohse pinch-hit with the game on the line yesterday.
After signing Kyle Lohse to a three-year, $33 million deal earlier this week, the Brewers suddenly have more starting pitchers than rotation spots. While early indications were that Mike Fiers would be the odd man out, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Chris Narveson will begin the season in the bullpen.
Narveson is coming off surgery last May to repair tears in his labrum and rotator cuff, so the Brewers see this as an opportunity limit his workload in the early going. The 31-year-old southpaw has a 5.50 ERA and 10/6 K/BB ratio over 18 innings this spring and was knocked around for six runs over 3 2/3 innings in his most recent start.
“He’s OK, but he’s been really pushing through this thing in Spring Training, through the surgery,” Roenicke said. “In the long run, it’s probably going to help him to limit his innings at the start.”
The Brewers will begin the season with a rotation consisting of Yovani Gallardo, Marco Estrada, Wily Peralta, Loshe, and Fiers.
There’s no official word yet on who the Brewers will bump from the starting rotation to make room for Kyle Lohse, but Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that it’s expected to be right-hander Mike Fiers.
That speaks pretty highly of the Brewers’ rotation depth because Fiers was damn good as a 27-year-old rookie last season, starting 22 games with a 3.74 ERA and 135/36 K/BB ratio in 128 innings. On a lot of teams that would make him one of the top 2-3 starters, but on the Brewers it likely means a trip to the bullpen to make room a guy who wasn’t even signed a week ago.
Milwaukee will apparently turn to 23-year-old prospect Wily Peralta to fill out the rotation behind Yovani Gallardo, Lohse, Marco Estrada, and Chris Narveson. He mostly struggled at Triple-A last season, but Peralta pitched well in a 29-inning Brewers debut and rates as the 69th-best prospect in MLB by Baseball America.