(Baseball StL) -- Even though it’s just his first full year in the major leagues, Shelby Miller started off this season as one of the hottest starting pitchers in baseball. Miller’s teammate Adam Wainwright said, at times, Miller resembled another Texas native by the name of Roger Clemens.
But as the Cardinals approach the All-Star break, the organization is watching Miller’s innings more carefully.
The Cards switched Miller’s position in the rotation, which means that the right-hander will pitch 9 days after making his Wednesday night start against the Houston Astros.
Miller didn’t pitch against the Astros during the Cards two game road trip in Houston last month. Miller gave up two runs over six innings in the Cards 12-2 road victory over the Angels last Wednesday.
But Miller struggled during his final two games to close out the month of June. Miller was 0-2 with an 11.05 E.R.A.
Despite those two rough starts, Miller has been a key element in one of the best rotations in best baseball with nine wins, 107 strikeouts, and 2.80 ERA in 17 starts through Tuesday.