Arizona Diamondbacks – Shelby Miller, SP, 0-3, 8.49 ERA, 1.97 WHIP, 19 walks, 19 strikeouts
The Arizona Diamondbacks paid a hefty price to acquire starter Shelby Miller in the offseason and so far it hasn’t paid off at all. Arizona parted ways with Ender Inciarte, top pitching prospect Aaron Blair, and 2015 #1 overall pick Dansby Swanson to acquire Miller in order to support newly signed Zack Greinke in the Arizona rotation.
Miller’s win-loss record wasn’t pretty last year, but he also had terrible run support from a weak Atlanta Braves lineup. This year, Miller can’t seem to get anything to go his way. He remains winless through the first month, can’t seem to fool hitters and has struggled mightily with his control. Miller and Greinke were projected to be a big part in helping a young Arizona team compete in the NL West, but it hasn’t happened yet.
Greinke has yet to find his groove, Paul Goldschmidt isn’t hitting like himself and the loss of A.J. Pollock is looming large. If the Diamondbacks want to turn the season around, it’s going to have to start with their rotation and that means Miller must regain his confidence and his dynamics.