The Cardinals Rookie of the Month for April is Shelby Miller.
In the first month of the season, Miller is 3-2 with a 2.05 ERA. In 30.2 innings this season, Miller has struck out 33 batters and walked 10.
In two appearances, Miller struck out a career-high eight batters. His best game of the season came against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 12th. In this game, Miller went seven innings and only allowed one hit while striking out 8 and walking none.
The only losses of Miller’s 2013 season have come against National League Central Division foe Pittsburgh Pirates. In both of those games, there was no production from the Cardinal offense. Zip. Zilch. Nadda. This has got to change. In the five games that Miller started, the Cardinals have averaged a total of 2.25 runs per game. Two of those games were shutouts against the Cardinals.
From what we have seen from Miller in his young career, one thing is for certain. It’s the Yadier Molina effect. We knew that Miller had the potential to be a great pitcher, maybe one of the elites when all is said and done. He is showing some great production already. It’s definitely helped by having one of the best catchers in the game catching the ball behind the plate.