The past three years
Don't forget about Wade
Yes, Wade Miley: the name sound familiar? I am saying that, because it seems like his name really hasn't been mentioned much this spring or over the offseason. Amidst every storyline and every player this Spring Training, he is the one guy a lot of people seem to be forgetting about. After a very impressive rookie year, in which he was named an All-Star and arguably deserved to win Rookie of The Year, Miley was very quietly "Mr. Consistent" last year, except for one month.
When you look at the numbers he put up, one month will jump out in particular to you, in which Wade Miley really struggled - and that's May. In May, Miley was an atrocious 1-5 to go along with a 7.34 ERA. It was so bad that during that stretch there was even talk of sending him back to the minor leagues, a huge turnaround for a guy many believed should have won Rookie of The Year six months earlier. Miley wasn't pitching with the confidence he was pitching with that made him an All Star, and perhaps it took a demotion scare to make him start pitching that way again.
Whatever the cause, in the second half of last year Wade Miley was absolutely stellar, but it was easy to not notice it with everything else going on. This might come as a surprise, considering you were likely caught up in what was going on with Paul Goldschmidt, and the team's blossoming rivalry with the Dodgers. But Miley was able to put together a 4-3 record, with a very admirable 2.93 ERA over the second half of the season, easily the best figure of our four full-time starting pitchers during that stretch.
This year there seems to be the same kind of vibe around Miley; nobody is really talking about him. However, that is the furthest thing away from being a bad thing for Wade. This season, and every time he takes the bump, the key for him will be pitching with confidence. He doesn't have raw "stuff" that will overpower you, and he won't go and strike out ten guys every outing, but he can get the job done. After the misfortunes of May, Miley was one of the more reliable pitchers for the D-backs last year and hopefully in 2014, you can expect the same thing about him.
I think he really learned a lot from that tough stretch he had in May 2013, and because of that has come to understand what he needs to do to get the results he wants. So, don't forget about Miley. Alongside the "Patrick Corbins" and the "Archie Bradleys," to whom fans are looking to headline the rotation for years to come, you'd do well to remember Wade. Before you know it, he may again, very quietly, be the D-backs most consistent starting pitchers this year.