Shelby Miller SP ARI 3 days ago

Miller (0-2) allowed five runs on five hits and four walks over five innings in a loss Tuesday against St. Louis. He struck out six.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Miller had it going until it all fell apart in the fifth inning, which included a pair of walks (one intentional) and both extra-base hits Miller allowed on the night, a double and a home run. Miller has yet to put a quality start together this year, and Tuesday's outing bumped his ERA up to 8.69.

Shelby Miller SP ARI 5 days ago

Miller was forced to play in left field in Sunday's 13-inning loss to the Pirates after the Diamondbacks ran out of position players, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This was clearly a fluke appearance that was forced upon the Diamondbacks when shortstop Nick Ahemed was ejected. Of more importance to Miller and fantasy players is the fact that he will make his start Tuesday after some speculation that his turn would be skipped as the team evaluated his mechanics.

Shelby Miller SP ARI 7 days ago

Miller will start Tuesday's game against the Cardinals, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

His start was in question, as the Diamondbacks were evaluating some of his mechanics, but he must have looked OK in a side session at Chase Field on Saturday. Miller's season is off to a really rocky start, but the fact that it could be mechanics-related and not injury-related, is a positive notion. Those in shallower leagues may want to sit Miller until he can start showing his prior form.

Shelby Miller SP ARI 1 week ago

The Diamondbacks have not ruled out skipping Miller's next turn in the rotation to give him extra time to work on mechanical issues that have plagued him this season, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports. "As of right now, we are not planning on him skipping the start," manager Chip Hale said. "Can that change? It always can. If that's what [pitching coach Mike Butcher] and everybody thinks. But as of right now, he's feeling good. He's healthy. His arm is fine and his hand is fine, so he should be OK."

Competitive Edge Analysis

He is tentatively scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Cardinals, but Hale left himself some wiggle room in case the team decides it is more important for Miller to work out his issues by missing a turn in the rotation to do side work. Miller has obviously been awful to start the season, particularly with his command and control. It sounds like Miller will make that start Tuesday against the team that drafted and developed him, but fantasy owners may want to keep him on the bench for now until he can get a good outing or two under his belt.

Shelby Miller SP ARI 1 week ago

Miller walked five batters in just two innings Thursday against the Giants, though he allowed only one hit and limited the damage to two runs.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After shaky, but passable work in the first two innings, Miller imploded in the third, walking four consecutive batters before he got the yank. He had no control at all in this one, and the reason is uncomplicated: his mechanics are totally out of whack right now. It's unclear whether the finger issue he was suffering from affected him in this one, but all things being equal, that seems like the least of his concerns.

Shelby Miller SP ARI 1 week ago

Miller (finger) will start Thursday's game against the Giants as previously scheduled.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He suffered a laceration in his last start Saturday against the Padres, which led to his departure after just 1.2 frames. According to the Arizona Republic, Miller sorted out his mechanical flaws during his bullpen session this week, and it should also be noted that his fastball velocity was closer to his pre-2016 levels before his early exit Saturday.

Shelby Miller SP ARI 2 weeks ago

Miller did not get a decision, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out one over 1.2 innings, and left the game with a lacerated right index finger Saturday at the Padres.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With Miller giving up a pair of early runs, he needed the offense to pick him up, which they later did, to take him off the hook for a potential loss. He's gotten off to a terrible start, as he's allowed 12 runs and 23 baserunners in 12.2 innings of work. As long as his finger checks out well, he'll make his next start Thursday at the Giants.

Shelby Miller SP ARI 2 weeks ago

Miller was pulled from Saturday's game against the Padres because of a finger injury.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Miller appeared to have scraped two of his knuckles on the mound while following through with one of his pitches and was eventually pulled from the game. He wasn't able to make it through the second inning and will finish the night giving up two runs, with three walks and a strikeout. We should know more regarding the injury as Miller's next projected start approaches.

Shelby Miller SP ARI 3 weeks ago

Miller allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks across five innings pitched en route to a loss Sunday against the Cubs. He struck out six.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Miller faltered for the second straight start, serving up hittable pitches despite throwing 62% for strikes. The increase in strikeouts from his first start was a positive sign, but the fact that he has struggled in back-to-back home starts to begin his Arizona career is disconcerting. Miller will try to right the ship Saturday at San Diego.

Shelby Miller SP ARI 3 weeks ago

Miller's average fastball velocity was down from 95.1 mph last year to 93.7 mph in his start Tuesday, the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The dip in velocity was clearly a contributing factor in Miller's struggles Tuesday, as he only had one start last season with fewer swinging strikes than he had in his first start of the season against the Rockies. Sometimes pitchers take a couple starts to get their velocity up to where it usually sits, but this is certainly something to keep an eye on with Miller going forward.