Coming into the 2013 MLB season, the Oakland Athletics needed a solid season from Tommy Milone at the top of their starting rotation if they were going to be successful. Through the A’s first 44 games of the season, the A’s have been decent, but not special, while posting an even 22-22 record. Similarly, Milone has been inconsistent and decent as well.
Through nine starts, Milone currently leads Oakland starters in ERA at 3.47 and also has a solid 1.19 WHIP. He’s pitched 57 total inning so far this year, meaning he’s been averaging a little more than six innings per game,w hich isn’t bad at all. Given his solid numbers, it’s hard to believe that Milone holds just a 4-5 record to start the year.
Milone and the Athletics came out of the gate hot, with Milone winning his first three starts. Over that time he had a decent 3.86 ERA, but wasn’t exactly pitching his best stuff. He was, however, getting solid run support. Milone then went onto lose his next five starts. However, the A’s offense slowed dramatically while he actually lowered his ERA to 3.71 over that time. He was inconsistent, allowing no earned runs in two starts, but four or more in three of those starts, but he wasn’t awful at all.
Milone and the A’s were able get a victory on Saturday, though, snapping Milone’s five game losing streak. Milone went six innings, allowed five hits and three walks, while allowing just one earned run. He looked solid, like he has many times before in this young season.
The A’s don’t have a pitcher in Milone that’s in the mold of a Justin Verlander or anything. However, Milone is a solid starter that can likely maintain a solid record and sub-4.00 ERA if he can get run-support behind him. Milone may have just ended a five-game losing streak, but that is more luck than anything and shouldn’t be read too much into.