RP - FA
Veteran right-hander Justin Miller was called upon to record the final two outs in a 6-5 win over the Giants on Tuesday night, picking up his first save of the season.
Miller was making only his second appearance with St. Louis after being claimed off waivers from the Nationals last week. With closer Alex Reyes and set-up man Giovanny Gallegos unavailable, Miller got the call with the Cardinals in some serious trouble in the ninth inning after Genesis Cabrera had put men on the corners with only one out. However, Miller induced a pop-up from Chadwick Tromp before Dylan Carlson made a terrific leaping catch at the wall in left field to rob Jason Vosler of a game-tying hit and end the game. Miller escaped with the save but likely won't see many more save chances moving forward.
Justin Miller was acquired by the Reds from the Blue Jays on Tuesday in exchange for international cap space.
Miller hasn't appeared in a game in 2020 and will most likely finish the season at the Reds' alternate site. The right-hander owned a 4.02 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 11:4 K:BB over 15 2/3 innings for the Nationals in 2019.
The Washington Nationals have placed right-handed reliever Justin Miller on the 10-Day IL with a lower back strain.
Miller "feel feels like someone is punching him in the kidney each time he releases a pitch," due to the injury. He's accumulated three holds and six strikeouts across 6.1 innings of work in 2019 with an ERA of 5.68. He has some value in deeper and NL-Only leagues that tally Holds, but obviously could be on the shelf for a while. Austen Williams has been recalled from Triple-A Fresno as a corresponding move.
Justin Miller got his second save for the Nationals on Saturday, allowing one run in the ninth inning but ultimately preserving the Nationals' lead in a 5-4 win over the Brewers.
The Nationals came from behind in this one and Greg Holland had already pitched, so Miller may have been the only option for Dave Martinez. With a 4.00 ERA and 4.66 FIP he isn't the most trustworthy closer, but every save counts in standard 5x5.
Justin Miller pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the season in the Nationals' 5-3 win over the Phillies.
It was all zeroes for Miller, who didn't allow a hit, run, walk, or strike anyone out. Miller has had an amazing 10.5 K/9 and 3.64 K/BB ratio for the Nationals' this season, but he's also allowed 1.85 HR/9. With Kelvin Herrera out for the season and Sean Doolittle on the disabled list Miller could be in line for saves during the final month of the season.