If you know a little about Greek mythology, you might think that Shelby Miller's 2015 season resembles the plight of Sisyphus, who was condemned for eternity to roll a boulder uphill, only to watch it roll back down again and again.
Miller, like the king of Ephyra, has done an inordinate amount of heavy lifting this season, with little to show for it. The 24-year-old right-hander has come up empty over the past four months because of a stunning lack of run support, providing just the latest example that little or no value should be placed on a starting pitcher's win-loss record.
That argument was a component of the 2010 American League Cy Young Award debate when Seattle's Felix Hernandez posted a 2.27 ERA and deservedly walked away with the hardware despite posting a 13-12 record.
According to STATS LLC, Hernandez was the beneficiary of 3.10 runs of support per nine innings that year, a figure that ranked 72nd fewest over the past 40 years. And Miller this season? He's third on the list of pitchers receiving the least run support over that span, as the corresponding table shows, and that's a big reason he's winless in his past 23 outings heading into this afternoon's start against the Marlins.
While the Braves have given him little offensive support, Miller, who is 5-16 but has a career-best 3.00 ERA, has responded with performances that rival some of the leading Cy Young Award candidates.