Among NL pitchers who tossed at least 550 innings from 2013-15, Shelby Miller owned the seventh-lowest ERA despite owning a record of 31-35 (thanks, Braves!).
Unfortunately for Miller and his stock, he won just three of his 15 decisions for the Arizona Diamondbacks and gave up 127 hits in 101 innings following his All-Star campaign in 2015.
He was shipped to the minor leagues where he went 7-1 with a 3.30 in 10 starts between Triple-A and High-A ball.
In the past, New York has been able to pry out rotting struggles from Arizona and get massive success. Brandon McCarthy was 3-10 in 18 starts in the desert in 2014 but when shipped to the Bronx, he maintained a 2.89 ERA and struck out 82 batters in 14 starts.
Tyler Clippard fell off the grid as a consistent closer but when brought back to the team that drafted him, he maintained a 0.47 ERA in his first 21 outings including a .164 opponent’s batting average.
Of course, that’s by coincidence but Shelby has shown he’s dynamic and once was an innings eater. If Larry Rothschild can a work some magic with him, there’s a legit reason to think they could get him back to his old self.
Remember, he’s one year removed from an All-Star appearance and four years from a running in the rookie of the year award race.