Miller continues to prepare for second full year with Cardinals

DERRICK STUCKLY BROWNWOOD BULLETIN derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com
Shelby Miller is 1-1 with a 6.23 ERA, nine strikeouts and three walks in 8.2 innings this spring.

Brownwood High graduate Shelby Miller is continuing to gear up for the start of the Major League Baseball campaign as he’s made three Spring Training appearances for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Miller finished third in the National League Rookie of the Year voting last year as he posted a 15-9 record in 31 starts with a 3.06 ERA, 169 strikeouts and 57 walks over 173.1 innings.

However, Miller appeared in just one postseason game for the Cardinals and was not used in either the National League Championship Series or the World Series.

Through three outings this spring, Miller owns a 1-1 record with a 6.23 ERA, nine strikeouts, three walks and three home runs allowed in 8.2 innings.

Miller has pitched in both World Series rematches thus far between the Cardinals and the world champion Boston Red Sox.

Most recently, Miller gave up three runs on three hits in 3.2 innings, with three walks and three strikeouts as the Cardinals fell to Boston, 10-5, on St. Patrick’s Day.

In the first meeting between the two teams on March 5, Miller surrendered a leadoff home run, then retired the next eight batters he faced in an 8-6 Cardinals victory. Miller tallied five strikeouts, including four looking, in what was his initial outing of the spring.

The National League champion Cardinals open the regular season at 3 p.m. Monday, March 31 at Cincinnati.