Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/24/12

Wade Miley continues to build a strong case to be named the National League Rookie of Year, and the way he goes about his business might be what impresses the Arizona Diamondbacks the most.

Recognizing the need to go deep in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday, Miley tied his career high with eight shutout innings for a 3-0 victory over Miami, completing a sweep that began when rookie left-hander Tyler Skaggs won his major league debut on his first day in the big leagues. Miley gave up just four singles.

"I knew our bullpen, with a doubleheader, was a little tired down there. I wanted to go as deep as I could and give those guys as much rest as possible," Miley said. "It was important to stay in there and get early outs and keep the pitch count down. I want to go nine every time out."

Miley (14-6) leads major league rookies in victories, two more than Baltimore left-hander W.Y. Chen and Texas right-hander Yu Darvish. Both Miley's ERA (2.80) and WHIP (1.11) are the lowest among major league qualifiers. His 14 victories are the most for a National League rookie starter since Jeff Francis went 14-12 for Colorado in 2005.

It seems a stretch, but with seven and possibly eight starts remaining, Miley could become the D-backs' second 20-game winner in as many seasons. Right-hander Ian Kennedy was 21-4 last year, finishing fourth in the Cy Young voting.

Manager Kirk Gibson admires the way Miley follows his catchers and works quickly.

"He never shakes off. He just looks at the target and puts it there. It makes it very easy, and he makes it easy to execute a (defensive) game plan," Gibson said.

Wil Nieves has caught Miley's last two starts, both victories, in which Miley has given up one run in 14 innings. Nieves joined the D-backs after Henry Blanco suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb Aug. 5 that could keep out for the rest of the regular season.

"He trusts 'Miggy' (D-backs starting catcher Miguel Montero). He trusts Henry. He trusts me," Nieves said. "So whatever we put down, he'll throw it. And the good thing is, he's not worried what it's going to be. He worries about hitting the spot and throwing the pitch with conviction.

"That's when pitchers are successful, when they are not double-guessing and thinking if it is the right pitch. We just attacked. This (Miami) is a good hitting team, but if you are ahead in the count you are going to be successful, and that's what he did. He'll pitch. He likes to pitch, and our tempo was real good."

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