PHOENIX -- In a stellar 2012 season that saw him win 16 games and finish second in NL Rookie of the Year voting, Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley made command his calling card. He gave up 1.7 walks per nine innings, or roughly one every five innings pitched.
But so far this year, Miley's command has betrayed him, as the lefty is giving up more than twice as many walks and has already tallied more than half his 2012 total (37) through just eight starts.
"You don't want to walk people, period," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "It's uncharacteristic of him, but it is what it is. We'll have to try to work with him before his next start and clean it up."
Though he issued a modest two walks in a 10-1 loss to the Braves on Monday, it was evident Miley was struggling to put pitches where he wanted. He's now giving up 3.6 walks per nine innings, roughly one every 2 12 innings pitched.
Miley's outing Monday was a troubling follow-up to what was his best start of the season last week. I...