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 camp this week.
Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller are left as the last two high profile prospects standing with hopes of filling the shoes of legend Chris Carpenter in the opening day starting rotation.
Both pitchers threw on Thursday and both have shown signs that they are ready to assume the role with the big team, although the numbers do show a bit of disparity at this point in the spring.
Kelly has been superb this spring. Kelly has appeared in three games this spring, all three starts, and has a 2.25 ERA in eight innings of work. Opponents are hitting just .185 off Kelly this spring, but Ke...