Andrew Miller is the main reason why the Cleveland Indians were able to rip and chew apart the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALDS and ALCS. He was also one of the main reasons the Indians won the first game of the 2016 World Series.
Not only is Miller dominant on the field, but he’s also insightful off the field, which was what the Yankees appreciated about him. But while Miller liked playing in New York and respects manager Joe Girardi, he admits Girardi’s handling of the bullpen while he was there created a messy situation.
“I know when Aroldis Chapman came back to us for the Yankees this year, Dellin Betances and I were kind if up in the air about what order we would pitch,” Miller said prior to Game 2 of the 2016 World Series. “And in some instances it created a mess because we were both warming up next to each other.
I think all managers, I think Joe Girardi, Tito I’ve been lucky to have some that really handled the bullpen well. But you hate to have two guys warming up at the same time. It seems wasteful in a sense.”
Despite the plan the Yankees had for Miller, Betances and Chapman in the beginning of the year, there is truth to what Miller was saying. However, not all of the blame should go to Girardi. Most of the pitchers in the pen that weren’t Miller, Betances and Chapman were highly inconsistent, which forced Girardi to have Miller and Betances warming up at the same time. And while it was confusing, Girardi just wanted to win the game.
Even though it was confusing at times, Miller did a good job at doing what was asked of him without any complaints. And it seems to have worked in Miller’s favor as he’s now pitching for the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.