(BaseballStL) - The Cardinals brain trust has never given a concrete answer as to why 15-game winner Shelby Miller wasn't used in the National League Championship Series or World Series.
It's doubtful an appearance by Miller would have changed the outcome, none-the-less his exclusion from the Series remains a bit of a mystery. The 22-year-old Miller would appear to be an important piece of the Cardinals future, and keeping him on the bench throughout the World Series and NLCS seems an odd way to treat such a valuable commodity.
Miller seems frustrated by it, but is saying all the right things. News 4 caught up with Miller as he was signing autographs at the opening of a new sporting goods store in South County.
"Do I wish I could have pitched? Absolutely." said Miller. "I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to. I'd also be lying if I said I didn't want to get in there just as much as anyone else. At the same time, you got to be just thankful for being there. There might have been something we didn't know about. There's probably more of a reason why I didn't pitch. You just got to be happy with what you got. We got a great group of guys. I can't be mad about not starting ahead of the four guys that we had... Lance, Waino, Wacha and Joe are all unbelievably good pitchers. Our bullpen is one of the best in baseball, so it's hard to get in there. You can't really be upset about it. I was just taking it day by day, and wishing we had won."
Miller's name has come up as a possible trade chip this offseason as the Cardinals look to upgrade at shortstop and center field. He would be a very valuable commodity as a young, inexpensive front-of-the-rotation power pitcher. He handled himself with total class when dealing with a situation that had to be extremely frustrating and confounding to him. It'll be interesting to see the next move the Cardinals make involving Shelby Miller, whether it's returning him to the starting rotation in 2014, or a trading him to help the club in another area.