Left-hander Wade Miley got in and out of trouble effectively after being promoted to the major leagues in a sticky situation last season, when he made seven starts down the stretch after Jason Marquis was lost for the season.
This year, Miley does not get into much trouble, the result of an offseason focus on throwing early strikes. It showed again in the Diamondbacks' 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles on Tuesday, when he scattered eight hits and walked one in 6 23 innings to help break a three-game losing streak.
"People used to say I was effectively wild. I'd walk a lot of guys and try to wiggle my way out of it. It would get me in trouble. This year I wanted to be able to dodge some of the trash, like base runners early. Instead of walking a guy, I wanted to try to make him earn his way on. Make him hit the ball," said Miley, who improved to 4-1 with a 2.52 ERA.
Miley, a sandwich pick in the 2008 draft, was 4-2 with a 4.50 ERA his rookie year, walking 18 in 40 innings.