The 2022 season was a disaster for the Chicago Cubs and their pitching staff.
Their pitching staff had an awful 4.00 ERA, landing 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 staff.
One of their moves was to let Wade Miley go.
Miley was part of the Cubs’ starting rotation last season, but had issues that hampered his 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, which lead to him allowing 31 hits and three home runs.
However, shoulder and oblique issues kept him off the field for a good chunk of 2022.
Wade Miley's 2022 season with the Cubs was ruined by shoulder and oblique injuries but he's been good when healthy. His last two full, healthy seasons:
3.98 ERA with HOU in 2019
3.37 ERA with CIN in 2021
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) January 4, 2023
These issues were likely a concern for the Cubs, which explains why they let him walk.
But when you see how he plays when healthy, it makes his release a little hard for fans.
While he wasn’t the best pitcher for the team, he was solid when he played.
Despite his record, he was pitching good enough in most games to keep the Cubs alive.
However, with his injuries being a major concern at 36-years-old, it gives the Cubs a reason to release him.
While he might have the magic, most pitchers at his age coming off shoulder and oblique injuries don’t succeed.
The Cubs likely saw this with him.
While fans might have wanted Miley, the risks of keeping him outweigh any success he could bring to Chicago.