A starter who still seeks to find some way to contribute to the Cardinals’ postseason run rookie Shelby Miller captured the odd contradiction of his current role standing outside of the team’s dugout before Game 6 of the National League championship series.
“Hopefully” Miller said “they don’t have to use me.”
He got the wish he didn’t want.
The Cardinals completed the NLCS in six games with a 9-0 thumping of the Los Angeles Dodgers that night and they went the entire series without using Miller. The righty who won 15 games and will appear on many NL Rookie of the Year ballots warmed up several times as the starter encountered turbulence but he did not throw a pitch in any of the six games. Miller who had a 3.06 ERA in 173 1/3 innings and 1.75 ERA at Busch Stadium was the only pitcher on the roster who did not appear in the NLCS.
Manager Mike Matheny refuted the notion that Miller was a misspent asset or that his spot on the roster was curious because the long-reli...