The Diamondbacks announced on Thursday evening that struggling starter Shelby Miller has been optioned to Triple-A Reno.
Miller, 25, has had a nightmarish season in Arizona, ending the first half with a 2-9 record, a 7.14 ERA, and a 50/34 K/BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings. The Diamondbacks considered demoting him to Triple-A back in May, but he wound up on the disabled list with a right finger injury.
The Diamondbacks acquired Miller from the Braves this past December along with minor leaguer Gabe Speier in exchange for Dansby Swanson, Aaron Blair, and Ender Inciarte. Miller is earning $4.35 million this season and has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining before he is eligible to reach free agency.
The Twins have arguably baseball’s scariest offense. Their average of 5.87 runs per game is second only to the Yankees (5.90) while leading the league in slugging percentage (.501), OPS (.840), and home runs (244). White Sox starter Lucas Giolito made their offense look impotent on Wednesday, blanking them over nine innings for his second shutout of the season. The White Sox won 4-0.
Giolito allowed just three hits and walked none while fanning 12 batters over his nine innings of work. He’s now 14-6 with a 3.20 ERA and a 194/51 K/BB ratio in 151 2/3 innings on the season. Giolito is very much in the AL Cy Young Award picture. The Astros’ Justin Verlander leads the league in ERA at 2.81. A strong finish to the season for Giolito could certainly see his ERA dip below 3.00.
As mentioned, Wednesday’s shutout was Giolito’s second of the season. He and the Indians’ Shane Bieber are the only pitchers with multiple shutouts this season. They are two of only 21 pitchers with a shutout.