Miller’s Moment: Cleveland reliever named ALCS MVP
TORONTO (AP) – MVP: Most Versatile Pitcher.
The humble workhorse in a wipeout bullpen, Andrew Miller was selected AL Championship Series MVP after his latest spotless outing sent the Cleveland Indians to their first pennant since 1997.
Miller tossed 2 2/3 innings in a 3-0 victory Wednesday over Toronto, capping a five-game series in which the lanky left-hander overpowered the dangerous Blue Jays.
He had one strikeout in Game 5 and finished the series with 14 — an ALCS record for a reliever. Miller gave up three hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings against Toronto and earned a four-out save in Game 3.
“At this point of the year, you just find a way. That’s all that matters. It’s about winning,” Miller said. “I would have given up 100 runs if we won 101-100. That’s all that matters is we’re going to the World Series, and that’s a special experience and I can’t wait.”
After capturing their sixth pennant, thanks in large part to Miller, the Indians are four wins from their first championship since 1948.
Miller was acquired from the New York Yankees for a package of prospects in a July 31 trade, and Cleveland had an interesting idea of how to feature him. Rather than restricting him to a closer role or using him only in the eighth inning, the Indians have been flexible with Miller — especially in the postseason.
“It’s so fun to be a part of this team,” he said. “I really enjoyed my time with the Yankees. It’s tough when you leave a comfort zone and a place that you like and people that you like. But I knew I was coming to a team that had won a lot and had expectations to win more.”
Now, whenever the Indians have a lead in the middle innings, the 6-foot-7 lefty begins looming large in the bullpen — and Miller time is near.