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Jaime Garcia is questionable for the start of the season, Lance Lynn might not be in the rotation after his extended turd-flinging, Lohse is gone, the Cardinals coaching staff can make any fifth starter an ace… These are just some of the reasons why Shelby Miller should be in the Cardinals 2013 rotation. The final answer on that will probably be decided on the last few days of Spring Training. In 2012, he was called up towards the end of the season and gave a 10.54 K-rate and a 1.32 ERA in 13 2/3 innings.  If you look up that stat line in the thesaurus, its synonym is “lights out.”  Due to a butterfly flapping its wings in Indonesia, Miller also had a 10.54 K-rate in Triple-A through 136 2/3 IP.  His ERA wasn’t as purdy, but he “re-committed” himself in the 2nd half of 2012 and had a 2.88 ERA in his last ten starts with a 70/7 K/BB.  Weird cause I had an aunt who was “re-committed” and things didn’t turn out half as well.  So, what can we expect of Shelby Miller for 2013 fantasy baseball?

The young righty hits 93 MPH regularly and can drop a hook and a changeup with similar effectiveness.  Occasionally, he’ll lose command of the off-speed junk, but he doesn’t need to throw them, due to his fastball.  In his first and only major league start, he took a no-hitter into the 6th innings vs. the Reds and ended up with six shutout innings, throwing 48 fastballs out of seventy pitches.  When a pitcher doesn’t “need” to throw anything but the speedball there’s a chance for greatness.  Greatness comes if he locates the other pitches.  He can be a number one pitcher.  When I say that about a 22-year-old, we’re talking about someone having the possibility for a top ten pitcher in all of baseball.  Knowing the way Cardinals turn out young men… Um, I mean, knowing the way the St. Louis Cardinals can turn prospects into solid major league pitchers (the Vatican asked me to specify), I wouldn’t be surprised to see Shelby Miller AND (caps for emphasis, not aesthetics) Trevor Rosenthal find themselves productive members of the Cards rotation in 2013.  For this year, I’m a bit more excited about Shelby Miller than Trevor Bauer (and Rosenthal, for that matter).  For 2013, I see 10-4/3.63/1.27/155 in 150 innings and 21 starts.  That’s a huge projection for a rookie pitcher.  And there’s a chance for more.  Remember, a ‘Sheldon’ can do your income taxes.  If you need a root canal, Sheldon’s your man, but humping and pumping is not Sheldon’s strong suit.  It’s the name.  “Do it to me Sheldon,” “You’re an animal Sheldon,” “Ride me big Sheldon.” Doesn’t work.  On the other hand, Shelby works fine.

  1. Nelson Santovenia says:
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    Haha Lance Lynn, you thought you were safe from furthur ridicule just because its late November? Think again, SUCK IT!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…

  2. Sky

    Sky says:
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    If I were Ron Burgundy – and who’s to say I’m not – I’d have one thing to say to Shelby Miller this year: I wanna say something. I’m gonna put it out there; if you like it, you can take it, if you don’t, send it right back. I want to be on you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s romantic…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Grey, I know, right? Now why doesn’t my wife feel that way?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Scream at the top of your lungs, “This is the man you married!” Women love that…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Grey, I try to do that as much as possible, especially in public settings. Preferably at a nice restaurant.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Sky, I meant referring to yourself…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                @Grey, Oh I know. Two thumbs pointed back at me while I’m yelling it.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha… She wearing the “I’m Sky’s Wife, Snitches!” t-shirt yet?

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    @Grey, Nah, I went whole hog and got the knitted sweater for her. She hangs it inside the fireplace above a lit log.

  3. jwalkerus says:
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    20 team keeper. Need 5th keeper.

    Machado, profar or Shelby miller?

    My team is bautista RF, votto 1b, mccutchen CF, Bret lawrie 3b

    Who do I keep as my 5th keeper

    7×7 with ob% slug holds qs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jwalkerus, Tough call… It’s between Machdo and Profar… I’d say Profar easily if he has a job and Andrus is traded or moved… Can you wait to find out in the next month if that’s gonna happen?

  4. jwalkerus says:
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    Yeah we have a couple of months.

    I like profar as well. Doesn’t look like machado will take a walk .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      With the new info that you don’t have middle or corner infielder, it’s not going to be Machado unless he plans to start the year at SS…

  5. jwalkerus says:
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    I mean I can’t see the rangers keeping profar in the minors much past may or June.

    And its a yahoo league and I’m not sure what position machado will have. He was as/3b this year but didn’t play an inning at SS. I already got lawrie @ 3b.

    We only play one ss and 3b. No middle infield. We have a utility but I usually save that for a powerbat like 1b or OF.

  6. Jon says:
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    Who do you like most as a long-term keeper: Rizzo, Goldschmidt or Hosmer?

    • Jon says:
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      And since it might not be the same answer, who do you expect to have the best year in 2013?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Goldschmidt for 2013, definitely…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldschmidt…Depends on how long term though…

  7. KB says:
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    Which side of this trade do you prefer? Longo/Butler or Votto/Panda? BB is a scoring category.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto, tough call though…

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