2013 was one of the weirder years in Shelby Miller’s professional career. What started off with such promise (15 wins, 3.06 ERA in 173.1 regular season innings) ended with incredible disappointment (pitching just one inning in the postseason).
Will that rough ending push the 23-year old fire baller to succeed even more?
“I wouldn’t say October is going to motivate me more than the regular season did,” Miller said. “I could have pitched more but the season that I had is going to push me. I had a good season and I want to be that much better.”
How much better?
“I want to win 20 games somehow,” Miller said.
As ridiculous as this may sound, Miller’s spot in the starting rotation probably isn’t guaranteed for next year. With Jaime Garcia returning from shoulder surgery and Carlos Martinez told to come to camp as a starter, there are at least seven pitchers for five spots.
While it would seem to be very unlikely Miller actually gets booted to the bullpen it doesn’t change the fact he still is competing this spring. But when you have as much talent as the Cards have that’s what happens.