At the outset let us note that the Braves suck so bad things are just going to cascade from there. That said, Braves starter Shelby Miller has had more bad luck cascade on him than he deserves this year.
Miller has lost his last 10 decisions. Those ten decisions have come in the course of 18 starts in which he has a 3.24 ERA. That’s not CY Young stuff to be sure, but it’s sure good enough to have at least notched a couple of wins, right? Fact is, he hasn’t notched a win since May 17. That and his previous win, May 5, both came in complete game shutouts. In other words, Shelby Miller has had to be almost perfect to win, and even then, hasn’t won in over three months.
Dude has deserved way, way better.
Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.
McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.
2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.