Trade talk not an issue for dominant Miley

Lefty K's nine, no-hits Cubs through six in possible final start for Mariners

Trade talk not an issue for dominant Miley

CHICAGO -- Wade Miley knows his name is being bandied about as a potential candidate to be moved as the Mariners head toward Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, but the 29-year-old from Louisiana blocked that out Saturday as he hurled seven innings of one-hit ball in Seattle's 4-1 victory over the Cubs.

"I just pitch," Miley said after snapping his own six-game losing streak with one of his best outings of the year. "Our job is to pitch, whatever team it's for. I just want to go out and compete and whatever team I'm playing for, give that team a chance to win."

But, yeah, just as Miley knew he had a no-hitter going for six innings against the team with the best record in the Majors, he's aware of rumors that he could be trading teams before his next start as Monday's 1 p.m. PT Deadline looms.

"You know about what's going on," Miley said. "Obviously we have agents, and they're calling us letting us know things. But speculation is what it is until something happens. So as far as that goes, I'm here to pitch."

And Miley pitched a dandy at Wrigley Field, limiting the Cubs to one hit and one run with one walk and a season-high nine strikeouts, putting the Mariners in position to come from behind with four runs in the final two frames to improve to 52-50 and keep hope alive in their postseason pursuit.

"You go as far as starting pitching will take you, and Wade Miley was as good as he's been all year," Seattle skipper Scott Servais said. "He brought a little different mentality to the mound today. He was very aggressive from the get-go. I think he knew what he was up against in [Jake] Arrieta and that it was going to be a low-scoring game, and he brought his 'A' game. He was great."

Miley zipped through the first six innings, with the only baserunner -- Kris Bryant -- reaching on an error on third baseman Kyle Seager on a hard grounder with one out in the fourth. But Miley wasted no time picking Bryant off first base.

Miley picks off Bryant

Bryant wound up with the only hit off Miley, hitting a single in the seventh after the lefty walked leadoff man Dexter Fowler. Fowler wound up scoring on a close play at the plate on a grounder to shortstop Shawn O'Malley.

"[Miley] was throwing right where he wanted," said Bryant. "He was hitting the catcher's glove and working quick. That kind of goes unnoticed, but as hitters, it keeps you out of your rhythm. It was a pretty fun pitching matchup."

Miley said he's adjusted his delivery over his past three starts, bringing his hands higher above his head to slow down his body and let his arm get out ahead. But his rhythm remains quick and when he's working fast, good things usually happen.

"I had real good tempo," Miley said. "Credit to [catcher Mike] Zunino. He knows I like to work fast and I'd throw a pitch, he'd get the ball back and the sign was down. He did a really good job with that today. I think it puts more pressure on the hitters. The faster you're going, they get more aggressive and maybe swing at a pitch they wouldn't normally swing at. That's just how I've always been."

But on this day, Miley was better than he's been most of the year.

"It feels good," Miley said. "Build some confidence off that and move on to the next one."

Whether in Seattle or elsewhere remains to be seen.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.