Shelby Miller SP STL 1 Day

Shelby Miller allowed only an Aramis Ramirez solo home run over seven innings of work in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Brewers.

Miller took the loss in each of his first two outings, carrying a 6.35 ERA and 7/6 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's start. In Milwaukee, though, the young right-hander found the success he enjoyed for much of last year, striking out seven while allowing just three hits and three walks. It was a promising return to form for the 23-year-old, and he'll try to maintain that form Sunday at the Nationals.

Shelby Miller SP STL 8 Days

Shelby Miller surrendered three earned runs in six innings Wednesday as the Cardinals fell to the Reds.

Miller entered the outing with a 1.61 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 101/25 K/BB in 100 2/3 career innings at Busch Stadium and he looked pretty sharp early on. But Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco launched a two-run homer to left field in the top of the fourth inning and then Billy Hamilton put on a baserunning clinic before scoring on a Jay Bruce sac fly in the top of the fifth. Miller will try again for his first win next week against the Brewers.

Shelby Miller SP STL 24 Days

Shelby Miller pitched five innings and allowed three runs in a loss to the Mets on Monday.

Miller had one bad inning, giving up two walks and two hits in the three-run third. Apart from that, he was fine. Still, he hasn't really been any better than fine at any point during the spring, and we're skeptical that he'll get off to the same kind of start this year that he did last year.

Shelby Miller SP STL 1 Month

Shelby Miller gave up three runs in 3 2/3 innings Monday against the Red Sox.

Miller's velocity has been just fine this spring, and while his ERA stands at 6.23, he has a 9/3 K/BB ratio in 8 2/3 innings. He gas given up three homers, including one to Dustin Pedroia today. Still, there's nothing here that needs fixing.

Shelby Miller SP STL 1 Month

Shelby Miller yielded two runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Tigers.

This makes two starts in a row in which Miller's pitch count got him pulled in the third. He's struck out nine and walked none in five innings this spring, but the Cardinals might be looking for more efficiency from him next time.

Shelby Miller SP STL 1 Month

Shelby Miller allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings and struck out five Wednesday as the Cardinals beat the Red Sox 8-6.

Miller gave up a homer to Daniel Nava on his second pitch of the afternoon, but he was very strong after that, retiring the final eight hitters he faced. The Cardinals will have him in their rotation next month despite the late-season shoulder soreness and postseason disappearing act.

Shelby Miller SP STL 4 Months

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Shelby Miller admitted to the Cardinals in early September that he was dealing with shoulder soreness.

Miller posted an 18/16 K/BB ratio over his final 33 2/3 innings of work and only made one appearance during the postseason. There's nothing to indicate that it was anything serious, so it was likely just a case of fatigue at the end of an impressive rookie season. Still, it provides some context to how the Cardinals handled him.

Shelby Miller SP STL 5 Months

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals have told the Orioles that they will not trade Shelby Miller for J.J. Hardy.

Well, we'd certainly hope so. Hardy would be an upgrade at shortstop for the Cardinals and comes with a fine defensive reputation, but he's only under team control for one more year. If the Cardinals are truly interested in shopping Miller for a shortstop, they should be able to do better.

Shelby Miller SP STL 5 Months

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Monday that Shelby Miller would have entered Game 6 of the World Series "if things got out of hand."

"I wanted (Miller) to get in the World Series," Matheny said. "He goes in (early in the Series) and somebody needs help early and he's dominant, there's a good chance he's going to be thrown right back into that opportunity. He knew. I know he believed that. ... To me, he's a top-of-the-rotation-style pitcher." The Cardinals appear to be in minor damage control mode with the pitching prodigy after Miller expressed frustration over his absence from World Series game action, but this situation will blow over soon, if it hasn't already. St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said Miller would be "close to the 200-inning mark" next season.

Shelby Miller SP STL 6 Months

Shelby Miller expressed confusion Wednesday about why he wasn't used in the World Series.

Miller was carried on the Cardinals' postseason roster for the NLDS, NLCS and World Series, yet he made just one appearance. "There could be something that I don't know about going on," said the 22-year-old right-hander. "Maybe I'll have some understanding in the offseason. I think it's more they're just looking out for me, innings-wise. I don't feel fatigued. I don't feel tired. I feel really good. There is probably some answer that I don't know about. I'll wait to hear it."