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Milwaukee Brewers: How did Wade Miley look in his debut?

Matthew Dewoskin
CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 02: Wade Miley #20 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the second inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 2, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 02: Wade Miley #20 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the second inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 2, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Left-hander starter Wade Miley made his 2018 debut for the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday evening. Will he last in the Brewers rotation?

Wade Miley‘s 2018 debut was worth the wait. After getting the call to return to the Majors after his long layoff, Miley didn’t miss a beat on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds.

Why did Miley miss the start of the season?

Miley arrived at Milwaukee Brewers spring camp as a non-roster invitee. He won a role in the Brewers starting rotation, but suffered a mild left groin tear near the end of Spring Training. Miley needed a few weeks of rehab before he could head on a Minor League assignment. After making three starts with Double-A Biloxi, Miley earned a clean bill of health. He was added to the roster on May 1st.

Who did Miley replace?

Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Brent Suter was sent to the bullpen, while reliever Oliver Drake was DFA’ed. After six starts, Suter posted a 5.34 ERA in 30 1/3 innings of work. He’s racked up 22 strikeouts and only walked seven.

Drake has a 6.39 ERA in 11 games. He’s suffered through control issues in the majority of his outings.

So, how did Miley do in his start?

Miley earned a win while working six innings. He surrendered one run on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Miley needed to throw 97 pitches with 58 going for strikes. He faced 24 batters and made 14 first pitch strikes. The only run he allowed came on an RBI double by Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco in the fourth inning.

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Miley did well in his first start of 2018 against a rough Reds offense. He clearly belongs in the Milwaukee Brewers rotation ahead of Suter, and he looks like he’s going to stick for a while. However, Mile gets a much tougher test in his second start. He’s currently scheduled to face the Cleveland Indians in Miller Park on May 9th.

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