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Astros Rotation Depth Clearly in Question With Wade Miley Struggles

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 10: Wade Miley #20 of the Houston Astros leaves the game in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park on September 10, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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September has been a month to forget for Houston Astros starting pitcher Wade Miley.

After heading into the month with a 3.06 ERA in what has been a resurgent comeback season for him, his ERA in September is an unsightly 324.00 (that is not a typo) after recording just one out while giving up 12 runs in two starts. His ERA has risen up to 3.74 in just two starts.

While the back end of Houston's bullpen, led by Roberto Osuna, is serviceable, AJ Hinch is clearly going to rely on his starters to go deep into games when the playoffs roll around over the en vogue bullpen-heavy approach most teams use. Why else did they make the Zack Greinke deal?

Miley is going to be required to eat up innings against the best teams in baseball once October runs around. Not only is he struggling to pitch well, he's struggling to even get outs. With no alternative who could start these games in his place, Miley needs to figure out his issues soon.

Once October comes calling, which Miley are the Astros going to get? The one who was having a career year? Or the one who can't get a single batter out (okay maybe one, technically)? Only time will tell.