Is Andrew Miller tired?
And I meant to post something about that before yesterday's start, but it slipped my mind. Miller's stamina has been a concern throughout the season, as he logs more innings and pitches more frequently than he ever has before. Maybe the Tigers can skip his turn in the rotation occasionally, as they did with Justin Verlander last season, but they're in a position now where keeping him in the rotation isn't just a luxury, but a necessity.
In lieu of Miller's performance yesterday, questions about whether or not he has a tired arm are especially pertinent. After the game, Jim Leyland openly wondered why Miller wasn't letting it rip with the fastball, noticing his lowered velocity.
"Maybe he was gun shy about turning it loose because he was wild in Chicago. I'll find out. When you throw the ball 95-96 miles an hour, you have to throw it 95-96 more than once or twice a game.
"The woods are full of 89 mile-an-hour sinkerballers."
Miller insists his arm feels fine, but we've heard already heard plenty of that from Fernando Rodney and Nate Robertson, and it turned out they were battling injuries. So maybe Miller's issues are in his head right now. If not, the Tigers' ever-growing list of pitching problems will become even more bloated.