Despite a 9-6 record, a 2.80 ERA — which ranks 12th among National League starters— and 107 strikeouts to just 24 walks over 99.2 innings, former Brownwood Lion Shelby Miller was not one of the 13 pitchers selected to the National League All-Star team Saturday.
The St. Louis Cardinals, with a 52-34 record that leaves them one game back of the NL Central-leading Pittsburgh Pirates (53-33), received five all-star selections — starting catcher Yadier Molina, starting outfielder Carlos Beltran, pitcher Adam Wainwright and reserves Allen Craig at first base and Matt Carpenter at second base — but the rookie Miller was a snub.
Along with Wainwright, pitchers selected to the NL All-Star team included San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner, Cincinnati’s Aroidis Chapman, Arizona’s Patrick Corbin, Miami’s Jose Fernandez, Pittsburgh’s Jason Grilli and Jeff Locke, New York’s Matt Harvey, Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw, Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel, Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee, Chicago’s Travis Wood and Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann.
Miller is coming off a 12-2 Wednesday victory over the Los Angeles Angels in which he tossed six innings of five-hit ball, allowing two runs with six strikeouts and a pair of walks.
In three of his previous four starts, however, Miller, came out on the losing end in defeats against Oakland (6-1 on June 28), Texas (4-2 on June 22) and the New York Mets (5-1 on June 12).
Earlier this season, Miller’s name was surfacing as the possible NL Rookie of the Year and a potential All-Star Game starter. At one point, Miller owned a 7-3 record and he sported an ERA below 2.00 until mid-June.
In his brief Major League Baseball career, Miller owns a 10-6 record with a 2.62 ERA, 123 strikeouts and 28 walks in 113.1 innings, which spans 18 starts dating to September of 2012.