The 2022 season has been a disaster for the Chicago Cubs and their pitching team.
Their pitching team had a terrible 4.00 ERA, putting them in 20th place last season in ERA.
They also gave up 207 home runs during the season, ranking them 28th.
With all these issues, fans saw the team needing to overhaul their pitching roster.
One of their decisions was to let Wade Miley go.
Miley was part of the Cubs’ starting rotation last season, but had issues that hampered her season.
In nine games, Miley had a 3.16 ERA, 28 strikeouts and a 2-2 record for the season.
He pitched 37 innings in those nine games, giving up 31 hits and three home runs.
However, shoulder and oblique issues kept him off the pitch for much of 2022.
Wade Miley’s 2022 season with the Cubs was marred by shoulder and oblique injuries, but he’s been healthy. His last two full and healthy seasons:
3.98 ERA with HOU in 2019
3.37 ERA with CIN in 2021
—Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) January 4, 2023
Those issues were likely a concern for the Cubs, which is why they let him walk.
But when you see how healthy he is playing, it makes his exit a bit difficult for the fans.
Although he wasn’t the best pitcher on the team, he was solid when he played.
Despite his record, he was throwing well enough in most games to keep the Cubs alive.
However, with his injuries being a major concern at 36, it gives the Cubs a reason to release him.
Although he may have the magic, most pitchers his age who injure their shoulders and obliques don’t make it.
The Cubs probably saw that with him.
While fans might have wanted Miley, the risks of keeping him outweigh any success he might bring to Chicago.