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Astros: The Miley Chronicles Vol. 8, Miley grinds in gritty no decision

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DENVER, COLORADO - JULY 03: Starting pitcher Wade Miley #20 of the Houston Astros throws in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 03, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - JULY 03: Starting pitcher Wade Miley #20 of the Houston Astros throws in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 03, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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The Astros Wade Miley came into the game hoping to limit damage and give his team a chance. In a way he did, the Astros came out on top in extra innings.

Wade Miley did only give up three earned runs in the game. It is worth noting that in 17 of his 19 starts for the Astros, he’s only given up three runs or less and continues to be one of the consistent arms in a rotation that in many ways is struggling.

Everyone knows that Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander at the end of the day are going to grab the headlines, and Miley is going to grind only as he knows how.

When you factor in Miley, how he has worked through surrendering a few long balls, maybe given up a few walks, he still battles. More times than not, the Houston Astros usually grab the victory when he is on the mound.

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The Houston Astros are 13-6 when Wade Miley takes the mound, and the work he has done with his pitch usage has been a big part of that dating back to late 2018. In a post-game interview with the media, he didn’t talk about the back-to-back homers he gave up, rather he focused on the team and how they battled back and got the win.

Wade Miley is the consummate professional and team player.  In an era where individual performance and players promoting themselves over the team, Wade Miley goes about his business doing what’s best for his team.

Wade often speaks to the guys behind him on the field, if he gets a great win or hits a career-high in strikeouts, that’s acceptable. What has come clear watching him compete this year, is that he wants the team to have success.

The Astros may be in pitching purgatory when it comes to the #4 and #5 starter, or with pitchers on the IL, but this season three things are certain.

  1.  Justin Verlander will get his K’s and wins 
  2.  Gerrit Cole is going to put himself in Cy Young convo by the end of the season.
  3.  Wade Miley is going to keep delivering quality outings, making him a contender for Astros       Pitcher of the Year.
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