Want to instill fear into the hearts of baseball fans this Halloween? Dress up as Andrew Miller, the Cleveland Indians NLCS MVP winnin’, slider throwin’, knee bucklin’, scraggly bearded 6’7″ relief pitcher that has very nearly carried the Indians to this point in the series (with a little help from some people named Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis).
Miller, who started the season with the New York Yankees, has somehow become an even better pitcher than he was at the beginning of the season. With the Indians, Miller has more than halved his walk rate and has maintained his ludicrous rate of 15 strikeouts per 9 innings. Truly terrifying.
The slim slider slinger Miller is on his way to postseason immortality, as he has already set the postseason record for strikeouts by a reliever, largely by his superb slidepiece. The scary thing is that Miller broke the record in game 4 of the World Series, and he can make himself available for the remaining games if necessary. If the Indians continue on to take the World Series from the Chicago Cubs, Miller has a good shot at being the first relief pitcher named MVP of a Series since this guy named Mariano Rivera.
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Miller’s teammate Jason Kipnis told Cleveland.com, “it’s really fun to watch from the defensive side, [especially] having faced that before, when it’s not fun to watch.” This perfectly encapsulates how hitters feel about facing Miller. He is a scary dude, and hitting against him is “not fun”.
So, Miller does not really need a costume this Halloween, but you would do well to dress as him. He is plenty scary, especially to the Cubs batters who have to face him in the coming nights.