Many questioned whether the St. Louis Cardinals would stick with starting pitcher Shelby Miller after he has clearly struggled on the mound as of late. However, the Cardinals cleared the air immediately and declared that the right-hander would make his scheduled start on Wednesday despite getting roughed up in Friday’s outing.
“We still like what we’ve got set up,” manager Mike Matheny said, according to Cardinals.com. “If you start pushing them back too far, even after a tough one like that, they don’t want the extra day. They want to get back out there. Obviously, going less than two innings, he’s going to be plenty fresh.”
Miller gave up five earned runs on six hits in just 1 2/3 innings in a loss against the Oakland Athletics on Friday. It was certainly not the performance St. Louis was looking for from the youngster, especially since he has shown so much promise throughout the 2013 Major League Baseball season. However, the Cardinals refuse to give up on one of their top upcoming pitchers, rightfully so.
“We all knew that all of our young guys would end up going through some bumps,” said Matheny. “It’s just a matter of whether they can fix them quickly or else it takes a little longer for them to learn whatever lesson they need to learn. These guys [in this league] make adjustments and don’t let you get away with many mistakes. It’s a great learning opportunity for Shelby.”
Miller is 8-6 with a 2.79 earned run average and 101 strikeouts in 93 2/3 innings this season.