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Mets: Analyzing starters who could be potential targets in free agency

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CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Lance Lynn
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Lance Lynn
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BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 20: Starting pitcher Wade Miley
BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 20: Starting pitcher Wade Miley

Wade Miley-Baltimore Orioles

I’ll be honest before I start my argument for Wade Miley. There isn’t much to look at from his recent numbers. His 2017 performance has not been pretty, but there are a few factors in play.

First, Miley pitched in Baltimore, which is one of the more conducive parks to home runs. This year, Oriole Park at Camden Yards saw 262 home runs hit. That’s 18 more than the next park on the list (Gret American Ballpark-Cincinnati).

Miley allowed 24 homers in 153.1 innings. That translates to 1.4 homers per nine innings. His walk rate was also unusually high. He set a new season mark for walks with 88. That was 13 more than his previous single season high which occurred in 2014. He logged 48 more innings in that season than in ’17.

Why am I mentioning Miley? Two words: switching leagues. Miley had his one all-star year in the National League. Beyond that, he was a solid pitcher for the Diamondbacks over 102 career starts. He posted a 3.79 ERA and kept the home run totals modest. His numbers took a dive when he switched to the American League where he’s been for the last three years.

If Alderson is looking for durability then Miley can certainly provide that. He has made at least 30 starts in every season since his first full year in 2012. Miley is still averaging 5.9 innings per start for his career. That includes this year when he hit a low point of 4.9 innings per start with the Orioles.

Miley still has some gas left in the tank at age 30 and I believe he can benefit from coming back to the National League. He’ll be another affordable option who can possibly help cement the back end of the Mets’ rotation heading into next season.

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