Bryan Woo and Bryce Miller have pitched well in each of their last outings with each throwing five shutout innings against the Dodgers and A's. Both Miller and Woo have done a phenomenal job all year of filling in for pitchers Robbie Ray and Marco Gonzales who the Mariners lost to injury this season. Who knows where the Mariners season would have gone had Woo and Miller not taken over the fourth and fifth slots in Seattle's starting rotation.
Bryce Miller was called on early in the season to replace Robbie Ray after Chris Flexen faltered in each of his four fill-in starts for the Mariners. Flexen had an ERA of 8.10 after those four starts and the Mariners were hard-pressed to find another starting pitcher. When 24-year-old Bryce Miller received the call-up to Seattle from AA Arkansas, back in May, he had an immediate impact. Miller would give up just one run over 19.0 IP in each of his first three starts, proving he was here to stay. In 23 starts this season, Miller has gone (8-5), with a 3.88 ERA, and 113 strikeouts through 123.0 IP.
Following injuries pitchers to Easton McGee and Marco Gonzales, 23-year-old Bryan Woo was called up from AA Arkansas to come in and fill the void at the start of June. Woo was the second Mariners' pitcher to make the jump from AA to the Majors and he would face a tough challenge in his first big league start against the Texas Rangers.
Woo's first start only lasted just 2.0 innings and he gave six runs on seven hits. In July, Bryan Woo would begin to settle into the Mariners rotation, producing his first quality start on July 3rd against the San Francisco Giants in front of his family. Playing at Oracle Park near his hometown of San Luis Obispo, California. Throughout the season, Woo has done a good job of keeping the Mariners in games, with a 3.90 ERA, (4-4) record, and 82 strikeouts in 80.2 IP.
How the Mariners have been able to develop their young starting pitchers has been phenomenal. Bryan Woo and Bryce Miller are the latest examples of this incredible pitching development process. Regardless of what happens the rest of the season, the Mariners have Bryce Miller and Bryan Woo to thank for keeping them in the playoff hunt.