Shelby Miller experienced a small portion of the St. Louis Cardinals' pennant race last season, though he was in a role that didn't carry the same significance as what he's been trusted with this year.
With the Cardinals' NL Central lead down to one game, Miller looks to win his third straight start and beat the host Milwaukee Brewers for the fourth time Friday night.
Miller (14-9, 3.01 ERA) has pitched very well in his first full season after making five relief appearances and one start in September of last year. He also pitched twice in relief the NL championship series as St. Louis lost in seven games to San Francisco.
The right-hander, who became the first Cardinals rookie to win 14 games since Dick Hughes won 16 in 1967, now is trying to help St. Louis (89-64) push toward a division title. It leads Pittsburgh by one game and Cincinnati by two with nine to play after its 7-6, 15-inning loss to Colorado on Thursday.
"Last year, I pitched in games when we were down or we were ...