Shelby Miller pitched brilliantly while Joe Kelly struggled in the latest battle for the Cardinals 5th starter spot.
Miller, who started the game, pitched 4 innings and allowed only 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 3. Kelly, who came on in relief, lasted only 3 innings while giving up 8 hits and 4 runs.
This is almost a carbon copy of last Thursday's performances where Miller struggled and Kelly pitched well.
A few interesting notes about this whole contest between Miller and Kelly:
First, despite Kelly outpitching Miller for most of the spring (until today) and having a proven track record from last year, the Cardinals continue to delay their decision. Its almost as if they want Miller to win the job.
Second, after his 4 innings were up, Miller continued to throw in the pen to build up his pitch count. Another indication that the Cards want him to win the job.
Finally, here's how their numbers stack up through today's game:
Miller - 11.2 IP, 11 hits, 3 walks, 11 K's, 4.63 ERA, 1.20 whip
Kelly - 11.0 IP, 13 hits, 5 walks, 2 K's, 4.91 ERA, 1.64 whip
Based on the above, one would have to think that Miller now has the lead. However, that is what I said about Kelly last week.
I just hope the Cardinals announce a winner soon, because the suspense is killing me.