In MLB postseason history, there have been 35 starters to pitch into the 6th inning while allowing 0 R, 0 BB, and 3+ K.
34 pitched past the 6th inning. Only Corey Kluber was pulled after 6 innings.
32 pitched at least 7 innings.
26 pitched at least 8 innings
21 pitched all 9 innings.
This wasn't a pitch count thing either, since Kluber was only at 88 pitches. Playoff baseball is becoming a different animal.
Here is what the baseball community thinks;
Having a 3-run lead with Miller and Allen to mop up takes precedent. His low pitch count means he can also play game 4 and even 7 if necessary.
True however Miller's pitch count ended up being near 50 though. They can't use him every game.
If he could, he would've pitched in Game 4 of the ALDS while it was still close.
He's also never before pitched the day after throwing 40+ pitches.
Tito is a smart bullpen manager. He had a 3-0 lead to play with, so when we were winning he decided to give Miller the rest day.
If that series was 2-1 or 1-2 then Tito absolutely would have used Miller in game 4. He had the luxury and he used it.
Same reason you always use Miller: he's an excellent pitcher and excellent pitching helps you win, even when you trail.
They only need to not use him tomorrow. Then it will mean he's had 2 days rest and should be fine for games 3 and 5 at least. And if they go past that then Im sure he will pitch in games 6 and 7
Whoa, it just occurred to me (though it's likely that others have said it, and I didn't realize), but a 2016 Yankee reliever will win the World Series this year.