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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Shelby Miller reacts after Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon hit an RBI-single in the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Atlanta. Colorado won 6-3. (AP Photo/Jon Barash)

Shelby Miller’s winless streak extended to 19 starts


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.

The Marlins are screwing over one of their players… again

Marcell Ozuna

When the Marlins demoted starting center fielder Marcell Ozuna on July 5, it made some sense. Sure, they had no one to replace him, but he was in a lengthy slump and 10-14 days in Triple-A might have been just the thing to restore his confidence at the plate.

And it was. Ozuna hit .325 with two homers and four doubles in his first 10 games back in the minors. But he wasn’t recalled.

Two weeks later, Ozuna is still rotting away in Triple-A while the Marlins play Christian Yelich out of position in center and Cole Gillespie, Ichiro Suzuki and recently Derek Dietrich in the corners. Ichiro played in 24 games and got 77 at-bats last month, hitting .195/.250/.234.

Ozuna has kept producing through all of this, hitting .314/.372/.558 in 24 games in Triple-A. It’s really hard to imagine that he’s not one of the Marlins’ three-best outfielders right now. Even his disappointing major league line of .249/.301/.337 features an average, an OBP and a slugging percentage better than Ichiro’s.

But, of course, the Marlins have reasons to keep Ozuna down. Financial reasons. Money reasons. Jeffrey Loria reasons. See, Ozuna entered the 2015 season with one year and 153 days of service time, practically assuring that he would be super-two arbitration eligible if he remained in the majors. That’s not going to happen now. If he were recalled today, he’d already be a long shot to qualify for super two. If the Marlins wait another week, it’s a given that he’ll miss the cut off.

So, they’ll wait another week.

Ozuna’s continued presence in Triple-A is all about saving Loria a buck. His free agency timetable hasn’t changed, but losing out on that fourth year of arbitration will probably cost him $5 million-$10 million over these next few years. That’s apparently enough to make it worth it for Loria. He hasn’t even gotten the kind of negative publicity for it that he might if he were holding back a top prospect instead (oddly enough, the Marlins rarely hold back top prospects for service time considerations, which is why they get themselves into such situations later).

I do wonder, though, if this will really pay off for Loria in the long run. Ozuna is a Scott Boras client. Jose Fernandez is a Boras client. Lots of good players are Boras clients. Spiting him to save a couple of million per year doesn’t seem like the greatest of ideas.

Blue Jays claim Cole Gillespie off waivers

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The Blue Jays have claimed outfielder Cole Gillespie off of waivers from the Mariners, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports. Gillespie was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Friday. To make room on the roster for Gillespie, the Jays have designated outfielder Kenny Wilson for assignment.

Gillespie, 30, slashed .254/.312/.324 with one home run and five RBI in 78 plate appearances in the big leagues with the Mariners this season. He started the season with Triple-A Tacoma and posted great numbers over his first 16 games, which earned him the call-up to the majors.