Cleveland Indians’ left-hander Andrew Miller has been named the American League Championship Series MVP after tossing 7.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen while striking out 14 opposing batters in the process. Allowing just three hits and walking none, the veteran hurler was used in a multitude of roles, pitching in all four Indians wins.
Acquired by Cleveland at the trade deadline, Miller’s acquisition was an indication that the Indians would be going all-in for a chance to make the World Series, and now following his utter dominance of the Toronto Blue Jays’ lineup, the the club is four wins away from their first title since 1948.
Miller’s stats during the regular season are gaudy in their own right as he managed a 10-1 record alongside a 1.45 ERA with 12 saves and 123 strikeouts in 74.1 innings pitched. At age 31, this was notably his first All-Star season.
Once the sixth overall pick in the 2006 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers out of the University of North Carolina, he has finally displayed the repertoire that had both Detroit, and then Florida, salivating, when they acquired him as the main cog in the Miguel Cabrera deal. In three years with the Marlins, Miller went 10-20 with a 5.78 ERA, making 41 starts in his tenure.
Even so, since his full-time conversion in the bullpen in 2012, Miller has taken off. Inked to a four-year, $36 million deal by the New York Yankees prior to the 2015 season, the left-hander has become one of the game’s premiere late-inning pitchers and has only expanded upon his myth with his 2016 postseason dominance, which now includes 11.2 scoreless innings heading into the World Series.