On his first day as a Brave, Milone yielded as many earned runs (seven) as he managed outs, this despite having been staked to a 10-0 lead in the second inning. The Braves beat the Phillies 12-10.
Wednesday night brought another Milone turn. The Braves trailed 2-0 after the top of second. They led 11-2 shortly thereafter. After 3 1/2 innings, Milone was gone and the score was 13-8. Given that a starting pitcher must go five innings to qualify for a win, Milone fell five outs short – on a night when his team scored more runs than any team in the modern history of the National League.
More fun with numbers: Milone’s ERA as a Brave is 14.90, which usually buys a starter an 0-3 record. His record here is 0-0. He has yielded 22 hits in 9 2/3 innings. His WHIP (walks/hits per innings pitched) is a beyond-belief 2.488, the big-league average being 1.388. He has been awful, and yet …
The Braves are unbeaten when he starts.
As noted by Grant McAauley of 680 The Fan: “The Braves have scored 48 runs in Milone’s three starts (16 runs per game) … The Mets have scored 44 runs in Jacob deGrom’s eight starts (5.5 RPG).”
As noted by Bob Dylan, who’s believed to be a baseball fan: “I can’t help it if I’m lucky.”
In trading for Milone, not exactly the cream of deadline-available starters, the Braves were hoping to find someone to eat innings. He hasn’t done that, either – he’s averaging 3.1 per start. But still: Whenever he has pitched, his new team has won. Whenever he has pitched, his team has turned into a 21st Century blend of the Big Red Machine and the Bash Brothers. On the three nights he has pitched, the Braves have hit 12 home runs.
Which leaves this question: How many runs might these Braves score if they were batting against Milone? And also this, following the Braves' move Thursday to put him on the injured list (elbow inflammation): Without their magic man for at least 10 days, is all hope gone?