Miley wants to stop thinking too much, start pitching

Miley wants to stop thinking too much, start pitching

ST. LOUIS -- Wade Miley will try to shut off his mind a bit when he takes the mound Wednesday night against the Cardinals.

The D-backs lefty has struggled recently, including his start last Friday against the Cubs when he allowed seven runs in the first three innings. Miley settled in and threw four more scoreless innings after that, but the hole he dug was too deep for his offense to crawl out.

Miley said the turnaround in that game was largely because once he fell behind so far, he just stopped thinking and started pitching. With that in mind, he's trying not to overthink things for Wednesday.

"I don't want to think about it," Miley said. "I don't even want to talk about it until after. I just want to go pitch. That's pretty much it."

Miley's battle to not overthink is something that is faced by players throughout the game.

"If you get too analytical, it's very, very dangerous," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "It's more of a feel of how you're going to do it; you've got a conviction of where you're going to throw your pitch, or offensively what kind of pitch you're going to hit."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.