St. Louis Cardinals phenom Shelby Miller has managed to not only live up to expectations leading up to his first full season in the Majors, but has somehow managed to outperform the hype surrounding him.
Miller has been outstanding all season long and has to be considered one of the early candidates under consideration and in the conversation for the NL Cy Young award and is the early favorite to bring home the NL Rookie of the Year.
But Miller has not been very efficient this season for the Cardinals, despite putting up some eye-popping numbers.
When looking at pitches per plate appearance, Miller is the least efficient starting pitcher in the National League. Miller’s 4.23 pitches per plate appearances are the most in the NL, with Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals trailing him at 4.14.
Despite throwing a lot of pitches to each hitter, it is hard to argue with Miller’s results. He is 8-4 on the season with a 2.06 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. Miller has struck out 96 hitters in just 86.1 innings and opponents have a putrid .563 OPS against the flame-throwing right-hander.
The Cardinals have focused on trying to get Miller to be more efficient already this season and the results are not favorable, at least when looking at pitch counts and innings logged.
But if Miller continues to pitch the way he has, the Cardinals will live with the 4.23 pitchers per plate appearance it takes for him to mow down opposing hitters.
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