Miller’s fastball is used on both sides of the zone depending on the handedness of the hitter. Against lefties, he throws away to mask his slider, and he throws up and away against righties.
Miller’s slider bounced back after a mediocre 2018 but it will probably never return to his elite days. It saw for the 2nd year in a row the O-Swing % and swinging-strike rate drop so we may be in the final years of Millers bomb-tastic slider.
Miller’s slider was his most-used pitch in 2018, but it notably generated fewer ground balls and fewer swings and misses in 2018 when compared with prior years, which may be injury-related.The result was a .268 batting average against and a .468 slugging percentage against. All told, it was worth a -1.5 pVal.
Averaging 93 ,ph in 2018, Miller’s four-seam fastball declined in terms of velocity for the third consecutive year and actually finished as a negative value pitch in terms of pVal in 2018 with a -0.3 mark. A 55.9% ground-ball rate for the pitch helped him manage contact, and the result was a .229 batting average against and .333 slugging percentage.