Shelby Miller continues to take losses.
The Diamondbacks have won their arbitration hearing against starter Shelby Miller. Miller had filed at $5.1 million and the Dbacks filed at $4.7 million. Last season he made $4.35 million. For those of you who forgot, in arbitration there is no splitting the difference. The panel has to choose one proposal or the other.
Miller’s case came at a really bad time for him, as he’s coming off a nightmare season following his trade from Atlanta to Arizona. He posted a 6.15 ERA and a 3-12 record while watching his strikeout rate fall, his walk rate rise and his hits allowed rate break through the friggin’ ceiling. He even spent some time in the minors to get his head screwed on straight.
With the arbitration out of the way Miller can now reset for 2017. He certainly needs it.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.