(BaseballStL) -- Shelby Miller will be in the rookie of the year discussion after going 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA. Only Adam Wainwright had a most consistent regular season among the Cardinals starting pitchers. But Miller has been by-passed for a start in the NLDS against the Pirates. Mike Matheny elected to give Lance Lynn the game 2 start instead of Miller, who appeared for only one inning of that game in a mop up role.
Miller is handling his demotion well. “Right now it’s all about winning games,” said Miller. “Whatever role you’re in, you do the best with what you have. Right now I’m throwing out of the pen and whenever it’s my turn to throw, I’ll be ready for it.”
Matheny certainly hasn’t hesitated using his rookie pitchers in any kind of situation. Before the postseason is over for the Cardinals, Miller- who turns 23 on Thursday- may yet play a vital role. “I have a little bit of history with the postseason but not much. Right now it’s just about taking it day by day and making sure you’re ready. In the bullpen you never know when you’re going to throw. You just got to be ready at all times.”
If the Cardinals survive Game 5 against the Pirates, Miller would be a likely candidate to start a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. For now, he’s a reliever the Cardinals hope they won’t need on Wednesday night.