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Bobby Miller Joins Pair of Dodgers with Rare MLB Record

Miller among some familiar names in Dodgers history.

So far so great for the Bobby Miller experience in 2023. The rookie right-hander keeps getting better and better and is proving himself to be the real deal. And, after his 6 shutout innings against the Phillies on Saturday, he finds himself in very rare air in MLB history.

Hat tip to Dodgers' PR.

Bobby Miller is the ninth pitcher since 1901 to allow 2 runs or fewer over his first 4 career starts combined (minimum 20 IP). There are two other Dodgers on the list, joining Fernando Valenzuela (1 R, 4/9-4/22/1981) and Kenta Maeda (2 R, 4/6-4/23/16).

The crazy Miller notes didn't end there. He's also just the fourth pitcher in AL/NL history to go at least 5 innings and allow no more than one run in each of his first 4 career starts.

What we're seeing out of Bobby is historic.

After Saturday's game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts kept things a little more modern when talking about the start to Miller's career in the starting rotation.

“What we've seen so far, it's a lot of what Walker did,” Roberts said. “That compete-ability to make a pitch when he needed to, and then you layer in the stuff, it's a lot like Walker.”

The manager admits the rookie has become an important piece for the team. The 24-year-old has helped solidify a patchwork rotation that has lost Julio Urias and Dustin May and has finally bailed on the Noah Syndergaard era after 12 nightmare starts. Miller wasn't supposed to be the guy just yet, but somehow he's improved every facet of his game since making the jump from the minor leagues to the majors.

In four starts, the right-hander has a 0.78 ERA and is in the midst of a 16 inning scoreless streak.