Monday, March 25, 2013

And the winner is....Shelby Miller

After much speculation, the Cardinals finally made it official today by naming Shelby Miller as their 5th starter.  Miller beat out Joe Kelly for the role.

With the recent injury to Jason Motte opening up a spot in the bullpen, for which Kelly was better suited, many had already guessed the direction the Cardinals would go.  It was even more clear after how Miller and Kelly were used in today's game.  Miller started and went 4.1 innings, before Edward Mujica came in to get the last two outs in the 5th.  Kelly then came in to pitch two innings of relief.

While Miller didn't fare as well as his last time out, giving up 6 hits and 2 walks, he still limited the damage by giving up only 1 run.  Kelly, on the other hand, gave up two runs while allowing 2 hits and a walk.

The Cardinals are obviously banking on Miller's upside over Kelly's experience.  Let's hope that Miller can hit the ground running.

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