Found March 15, 2013 on Fox Sports Midwest:
JUPITER, Fla. Shelby Miller knows what will happen if best friend Joe Kelly is tabbed as the Cardinals fifth starter over him. "If he gets the fifth spot, I'm not going to talk to him anymore," Miller quipped. Jokes aside, the roommates find themselves as the two remaining competitors to be the fifth starter in the Cardinals' rotation. The situation could be a difficult or even awkward one for some, with one of them opening the season in the rotation and the other either headed to the bullpen or possibly Triple-A Memphis. "We've messed around a couple times, but no hatred towards anybody," Kelly said. "We're best friends. It is what it is. We're not trying to hide from each other or anything. We live together too. We converse with everything we do. "Me and Shelby, we don't ask anything. We just go out there and pitch when we're supposed to pitch. We both pitched (Thursday) and lined up on the same day. I don't know (what happens) from there honestly." Both had their final chance to impress the judges Thursday. The Cardinals plan to give the fifth starter the final three starts of the spring to build up his pitch count and get ready for the season, meaning a decision likely needs to be made before their next start. Kelly started Thursday against the Atlanta Braves at Roger Dean Stadium and allowed three hits and one run in four solid innings, continuing what has been an impressive spring. He's allowed just five hits and two earned runs in eight innings over three starts. Miller followed him in relief and allowed three earned runs in 2 23 innings, but two of the runs scored after he had been removed from the game. "Joe came out and I thought that was probably the best he's been this spring," said manager Mike Matheny. "Shelby threw the ball pretty well as well. It was a good day." Matheny refused to say what his pitching coach said a few days earlier, that the club needs to make a decision prior to the next time around in the rotation. The manager said they could give innings on back fields to give both guys work if not enough room remains in games. "(Thursday) wasn't a drop dead, have-to-make-a-decision day," Matheny said. "We just took in more information and gave them another opportunity to go out there, and I thought they both did the most with it. "We don't have columns of this guy gains a point here or there, it's just watching the whole body of work. We still have time to continue to watch and have them ready depending on how we line out our starters, but we have a significant amount of time ahead of us to build them up. Today was a nice step forward." Both Kelly and Miller will serve as the best men in the other's weddings just a week apart come November. But now they're competing for a spot in the big league rotation with the loser possibly headed to the minor leagues. Kelly made his big league debut on June 10 last summer, when Jaime Garcia suffered a shoulder injury. The young right-hander went 5-7 with a 3.53 ERA in 24 appearances. A third-round draft pick by the Cardinals in 2009, Kelly was even better in the playoffs, where he strung together seven consecutive scoreless outings and finishing with just two earned runs and six hits in 7 23 innings. Asked what it would mean if he was selected as the fifth starter, Kelly said, "It's a great compliment; that's what I came into spring training battling for and it doesn't stop there, but it would be pretty huge for anyone to hear that." Kelly cautioned that whoever wins the fifth starter's spot can't relax because, "The guys who open Opening Day, the five guys are rarely ever the same at the end. There's always somebody looking to take somebody's job. Every time you go out there, you're competing. You've seen our farm system. We're number one. There's a guy trying to steal everyone's job." Miller took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his first career start on the final day of the regular season and finished the regular season with a 1.32 ERA in six appearances with the Cardinals after being called up in September. He's allowed six earned runs and ten hits in 7 23 innings this spring, a 7.04 ERA, but feels his numbers don't indicate how he's pitched. "I feel like I've been throwing well," Miller said. "I definitely have been throwing better than probably what my numbers look like. I feel good and I felt like my fastball is definitely a lot better than it was last year but at the same time, Joe has been throwing just as well." On the competition for the fifth spot, Miller said, "It's really not up to me. I feel like there's always room where I could have proved that I was more ready. There's always something and we're both working on things, but at the end of the day Mike's going to do what's best for the team and whatever happens, happens. "We're obviously really good friends and played together for a really long time and hope the best for each other. We're not really doing any bets or anything like that, we're just hoping for the best or both of us."

Joe Kelly impresses in final battle for Cardinals 5th starter spot

In their final outing before the Cardinals make their decision on the 5th starter spot, Joe Kelly out pitched Shelby Miller and looks to have locked up the spot. Kelly started the game and pitched 4 innings allowing just 3 hits and, more importantly, no walks.  He gave up 1 earned run while also striking out one.  His sinker was in good form as he induced 6 groundouts to just...

Are the Cardinals really pursuing Astros' Bud Norris and Lucas Harrell?

Let me preface this by saying that I really respect Peter Gammons.  He is one of the best reporters in the game.  However a tweet from him this morning had me scratching my head. Here is the tweet from Gammons at 11:23 AM this morning: "Cards are asking about a SS as well as P. Interested in Lucas Harrell and Bud Norris of Astros." The Cardinals currently have Joe...

Allen Craig and his projections

I have been writing a series of posts that seem to take issues with how projection systems predict certain players over the course of the 2013 season. It may seem like I have an issue with projection systems. The fact is that I do not. When you put all of their projections together, the margin for error is quite small. All of them pretty much work the same way. You plug in the...

St. Louis Cardinals: Who should be the Cardinals' fifth starter?

The fight for the fifth spot in the St. Louis Cardinals' starting rotation has been one of the most followed stories throughout spring training. Manager Mike Matheny has held an open competition for the spot throughout spring camp and there are just two contestants remaining after Trevor Rosenthal's move to the bullpen last week and Michael Wacha's assignment to Memphis...

St. Louis Cardinals: Will Adam Wainwright sign contract extension before opening day?

On Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that ace starter Adam Wainwright would make the opening day start when the team kicks off the 2013 season on the road at Arizona on April 1. Wainwright certainly deserves the opening day start, but will the Cardinals also reward Wainwright with a contract offer before then? As was discussed on Friday night's episode of The Cruddy...

Cardinal Odds & The Friday Links

We're inching closer to real baseball, and today the Cardinals announced that Adam Wainwright will be the Opening Day starter.  This surprises no one. But there are still some big issues to resolve before the Cardinals start the season. So let's break down where we're at headed into the last 2 weeks of spring. Oscar. Will he make the team? Looks like this...

Free agent Kyle Lohse should fire his agent Scott Boras

With just two weeks until MLB's opening day of the 2013 season, former St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher and current free agent Kyle Lohse is still looking for a home and a place to play this season. As was discussed on a recent episode of The Cruddy Show, there have been plenty of excuses made for why Kyle Lohse has not been signed at this point, most notably, that a team...

Wainwright strong again for Cardinals

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Adam Wainwright has no idea who the fan was that gave him that picture last week. He'd sure like to tell them thank you. Wainwright limited Washington to one run in six strong innings in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-1 exhibition victory over the Nationals on Friday, his second consecutive impressive start since a fan helped him fix a mechanical flaw....

Fourth Cards spring cut claims three pitchers

The St. Louis Cardinals trimmed their spring camp roster down to 45 after Thursday’s moves.

Pitching Showcase

Spring Training 2013 was not supposed to be an exciting one for the St. Louis Cardinals.  A team that had made very few offseason moves was primarily set for the upcoming season.  Then, an injury to a veteran starter opened up a door.   Cardinals prospect Michael Wacha The injury to Chris Carpenter might have opened up a door but the depth within the organization has kicked it...

Cardinals 5, Nationals 1

Adam Wainwright limited Washington to one run in six strong innings and Matt Adams hit a three-run homer in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-1 exhibition victory over the Nationals on Friday. Facing mostly Washington backups, Wainwright took a shutout into the sixth inning and allowed only three hits in his second consecutive impressive start. Jon Jay and Adams homered in a four...

Garcia allows three runs, Cardinals lose to Tigers

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Shawn Hill allowed one hit in four innings, and Matt Tuiasosopo hit a long homer to lead the Detroit Tigers over the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 Saturday. Hill, likely to start the season at Triple-A, struck out thee and walked one. Bruce Rondon, Jose Alvarez and Luke Putkonen finished the four-hitter as the Cardinals were shut out for the third time in six games...

Rangers still in contact with Lohse

  Kyle Lohse went through this as a free agent once before. Five years ago on Thursday, he signed a one-year, $4.25 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.   This time, Lohse is taking even longer to find a new team.   Lohse, 34, is working out both near his home in Arizona and at a facility operated by his agent, Scott Boras – the Boras Sports Training Institute in Aliso...

Cardinal Minor League Highlights – 03/15/2013

Here are yesterday’s minor league stats for the Cardinals, again courtesy of John Vuch. Boone Whiting and Kevin Siegrist both pitched well in their spring debuts. Minor League Highlights, 3/15 Memphis defeated Las Vegas, 4-2 Memphis Pitching Barret Browning 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s Richard Castillo 2 IP, 1 H, no runs, 2 BB, 1 K Dean Kiekhefer 2 IP, 3 H, 1 K Jorge Rondon...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.