Bryce Miller giving Mariners ace-level stuff

After another strong outing, Bryce Miller continues to show why the Mariners think so highly of their young starting pitcher.
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Bryce Miller has delivered for the Mariners in each of his last two starts. This past Friday, against the Cubs, he threw six shutout innings and struck out four, as he held a potent Chicago offense in check. Miller has not allowed an earned run in his last 14.2 IP. Miller also has won each of his last two starts and earned his second quality start last Friday. He now sports a 1.96 ERA which is currently the top ERA for this Mariners team, in what is expected to be one of the best rotations in baseball.

The Mariners have a deep starting rotation, as Miller has shown that their fourth starting pitcher is just as good or better than the pitchers at the top of their rotation. Miller has benefited from adding a splitter to his pitching repertoire this off-season. He has shown the ability to keep hitters off balance by mixing in a split-finger to go along with his four-seam fastball which tops out in the mid to upper 90s.

Bryce Miller is proving his worth to the Mariners

His ability to adjust and find new ways to get opposing hitters out shows how Miller is evolving and becoming a better pitcher with each start he makes. In just his second year in the big leagues, Miller is turning into a solid major league pitcher. Seeing how much he has grown from year one to year two is awesome to see. His maturation and ability to pitch at a high level have helped provide the Mariners with a deep starting rotation which could become the best in baseball.

Starting pitching is crucial to success and the Mariners have done a phenomenal job of building an incredible pitching staff. Any of the five starting pitchers in the Mariners rotation when healthy can help carry this team. Imagine what the Mariners can be when all five starting pitchers Bryce Miller, Logan Gilbert, George Kirby, Luis Castillo, and Bryan Woo are healthy and thriving. Seattle will go as far as their starting rotation takes them.

Each of these five starting pitchers is going to have their moment at some point this season. For right now, the story is about Bryce Miller. If Miller keeps this up, he has a good chance of making the All-Star Game and potentially bringing home a CY Young in the not too distant future. The sky is the limit for young starting pitcher Bryce Miller, as he will continue to be a force in the Mariners rotation for years to come.