The Dodgers starting pitching was excellent again last week, continuing a string of stellar performances over the last month or so.
Pitching is the main topic this week on the podcast, including Hyun-jin Ryu’s scoreless streak, the stability Clayton Kershaw has brought back to the rotation, the double-digit strikeout games of Kenta Maeda and Rich HIll in their last trips to the mound.
We also briefly discuss the Julio Urias domestic violence situation, the arrest, the administrative leave, and what comes next, both as a possible suspension and what the Dodgers might or should do afterward. We reference a Deadspin article on sports policies on domestic violence from 2016 by Diana Moskovitz, and Dustin Nosler laid out the Dodgers’ path in the Urias situation quite well last week.
With Ryu and his scoreless streak in the news recently, this week’s look back at past Dodgers features perhaps the most unheralded pitcher near the top of the franchise scoreless inning list. Bob Miller pitched five seasons for the Dodgers (1963-67) and played for three pennant winners.
The right-hander strung together 31 straight scoreless innings in relief in May and June 1964, part of arguably his best season with the club. Outside of making 23 starts for LA in 1963, Miller pitched mostly in relief with the Dodgers. He put up a 3.03 ERA in five seasons, including four sub-3 ERAs. In 1964 Miller had a 2.62 ERA (a 123 ERA+) in 137 innings, and tied a National League record with 74 games pitched.
Not quite Edwin Jackson, but Miller pitched for 10 teams in his 17-year career. He left the Dodgers in a trade in December 1967, sent with John Roseboro and Ron Perranoski to the Twins in exchange for Mudcat Grant and Zolio Versailes.
There is also an incredible anecdote from the Baseball-Reference bullpen:
“One of four major league players with the name “Bob Miller”, he roomed with another Bob Miller while with the New York Mets in 1962. He was nicknamed “Righty” at that time to distinguish him from the lefthanded Bob Miller. Ironically, he bore a striking facial resemblance to another Bob Miller, who pitched for the Phillies.”
Episode link (time: 58:13)