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Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week …Andrew Miller

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Andrew Miller’s excellence puts heat on two Yankees prospects

In Cleveland it’s Miller Time !

Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield. Remember those two names, those are what the New York Yankees got in exchange in a midseason trade for Andrew Miller. They better be real good otherwise this trade will go down as the great heist for Cleveland. If Terry Francona is the curse buster (in Boston) and looks poised to do it again in Cleveland then Andrew Miller has to get star billing for rising to the occasion in the post season.

Miller pitched a remarkable 2 ²/₃ shutout innings of relief, entering with one out in the sixth and going through the eighth, and his one strikeout gave him 14 in 7 ²/₃ innings for the series, tying him with Brad Lidge (with Houston in the 2004 NLCS) for the most whiffs in an LCS. For the postseason so far, Miller has tallied 11 ²/₃ shutout innings and struck out 21.

“It’s so fun to be a part of this team,” Miller said. “I really enjoyed my time with the Yankees. It’s tough when you leave a comfort zone and a place that you like. But I knew I was coming to a team that had won a lot and had expectations to win more. I was coming to play for Tito [Francona]. I couldn’t have dreamt it up any better.”

For Miller it is a dream come true for the Yankees they hope this isn’t the beginning of bad nightmare


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