Morning Rewind, 9/1: The unluckiest man on the face of the earth

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Shelby Miller's Winless Streak Stretches to 19 Starts



By JOHN DORN

Let's get this straight: Shelby Miller is a very good pitcher. Just don't look at his win-loss record. Because there's really nothing he can do about it.

Miller's season actually started off decently in that regard, opening up 5-1 over his first eight starts. But as his Atlanta Braves began to slide, so did his fortune -- even though his performances have actually been among the league's best.

Since his May 23 start against the Milwaukee Brewers, Miller has pitched to a 3.13 ERA. He's struck out 104 over 118 innings, he's currently 7th in the league in ERA and 10th in fWAR.

His record over that span? 0-11. He now sits at 5-12. It's been 19 starts since he's been credited with a win. His team is 3-16 in those games.



Last night may have been one of his best starts of the season, going seven strong and allowing just one run on six hits striking out four. A solo home run allowed to Justin Bour in the second inning was all it took, though, as Atlanta failed to get a run across, and the bullpen only made matters worse.

Marlins 4, Braves 0

Around the League
CLE 4, TOR 2

The Blue Jays only scored two runs! A very rare occurrence indeed. Danny Salazar struck out 10 over his seven strong innings, allowing only a two-RBI triple to Josh Donaldson.

BOS 4, NYY 3
Yankees-Red Sox is still Yankees-Red Sox, even if Boston is in last place. The Sox have actually been performing slightly better of late, and it continued on Monday. Mookie Betts and David Ortiz homered, and Pablo Sandoval drove in another to beat the Yanks 4-3.

TB 6, BAL 3


Even as the Rays have slid out of the AL Wild Card race, Kevin Kiermaier continues to impress in the field. He registered another Catch of the Year candidate Monday night, reaching high over the fence to snag one down early in the game.

CIN 13, CHC 6
Kyle Hendricks was not able to hurl a second consecutive Cubs no-hitter -- in fact, far from it. He allowed three runs on five hits and lasted just five innings before the Justin Grimm allowed Cincinnati to blow the game open in the sixth, allowing a pair of homers en route to a 13-6 Reds rout.

HOU 8, SEA 3
Dallas Keuchel struck out 10 and allowed just one run over his seven innings, good enough for his 16th win of the year. Home runs by Carlos Correa, Jed Lowrie and Hank Conger provided the support, extending Houston's division lead to four games over the Texas Rangers.

NYM 3, PHI 1


When Bartolo Colon is dealing, the Mets are tough to beat. When Bartolo Colon is driving in runs, (A) it's hilarious and (B) they're nearly impossible to beat.

STL 8, WSH 5
A late rally by the Nationals was countered right back with four Cardinals runs off the Washington bullpen, securing the win for St. Louis and pushing the Nationals to 6.5 games back of the Mets and just two games over .500.

OAK 11, LAA 5
Five runs in the third off Hector Santiago thrust the A's ahead, and they wouldn't look back. The loss pushes Los Angeles under .500 and 7.5 games behind Houston in the West.

LAD 5, SF 4
It took 14 innings, but Adrian Gonzalez's bases-loaded single won it for the Dodgers late into the night -- somewhere around 3:45 am on the East Coast.

SD 7, TEX 0
San Diego tagged Colby Lewis out of the game in the sixth, crossing four runs and taking another on late in the game.

COL 5, ARI 4


When you cap a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth, like Ben Paulsen did, you get a Gatorade shower. Then another one, then another one, until all of the Gatorade is gone.
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