Miller impressive in longest outing of the season in win over Braves
ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 17: Starter Shelby Miller #40 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Busch Stadium on May 17, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
(BaseballStL) – It was his longest performance of the season and Shelby Miller looked to regain his form from his 2013 rookie season in a 4-1 win over the Braves.
Miller, who improves to 6-2, went 7.0 innings with just 2 free passes and fanned 7 batters. He also improved his efficiency throwing 72 strikes in his 101 pitches on the afternoon.
Compare that to his previous outing against the Pirates where he threw just 55 strikes in 95 pitches.
“That’s one of the best outings we’re seen from him, definitely this year,” boasted manager Mike Matheny, “He had a great game plan going in. He stayed on top of the ball, worked down.”
“Probably the best breaking ball we’ve seen from him, too.”
Matheny was also impressed with his starter’s ability to work faster. Matheny said in Miller’s previous starts, he seemed to lull his defense to sleep.
"Without question he was extremely slow," Matheny added, "I don't know if he was overthinking. I think he had a good groove."
Miller said he and pitching coach Derek Lilliquist worked after his lasting out on Sunday to find better control over his pitch counts.
“Fastball command was a lot better,” Miller said after his performance, “Just trying to get the same rhythm, the same mechanics down. And we got to a spot where we both think we’re comfortable with.”