CHICAGO – Since Andrew Miller came to the Orioles three weeks ago, the adjustment has been an ultra-smooth one.
In eight games, he has allowed a run on just two hits in 7 1/3 innings. He’s walked three and struck out 11. The Orioles are 6-2 in the games he’s pitched.
“Overall, it’s been great,” Miller said. “Everybody’s been so welcoming. Everybody’s gone out of their way to make my transition easier. It’s a good team that has one goal in mind, and their goal is to help me make the transition easier so that I can help them win games.”
With Darren O’Day and Zach Britton, Miller has made the games shorter.
“Since I’ve been here, the starting pitchers have been phenomenal. We’ve swung the bat well, whether it’s jumping out early and giving us that big comfortable lead or coming from behind,” Miller said.
“It’s been a lot of fun to be a part of. I think the excitement that I had coming over here, knowing this was a team that was in contention and expecting big things, I’ve been blown out of the water. It’s just been a blast to be a part of.”
Miller played with the 2013 Red Sox, though he was injured and didn’t pitch in the postseason.
“There’s a ton of differences. Things in general match up. The winning teams I’ve been on have a nice, loose clubhouse that expects to win,” Miller said.
“Everybody has gone out of their way to make me comfortable and I really feel like I fit out there with the guys in the pen. Those are the people I spend the most time with.”