ST. LOUIS (AP) — Shelby Miller pitched just one inning in the playoffs last season for the Cardinals and is puzzled why he wasn't used more. Now he simply wants to get on with next season.
"It's tough to not get to pitch in the postseason and stuff, but at the same time, we had a good thing going and it's hard to change it up," Miller said Sunday during the annual Cardinals' Winter Warmup. "I don't really have a good answer for it to be honest. We were winning games, so you can't really complain."
Miller had a 15-9 record last year with a 3.06 ERA, 10th best in the league. In the postseason, the 23-year-old rookie right-hander pitched one inning of relief against Pittsburgh in the NL division series. He gave up a home run.
And that was it.
He says there were no injury concerns with this shoulder and he wasn't tired.
"Physically, I felt amazing," he said. "I felt good. I didn't feel any better or worse than I did during the season."
No one in the organization told him why he was put on the shelf. Nor did he ask for a reason, either.
"The season just kind of ended and I just kind of put it in the past really," Miller said. "I was a little upset I didn't pitch but I just put it away. After the season ended, I just wanted to be ready for a big offseason.
"I didn't want to dwell on the past and why I didn't pitch in October. I'm not worried about it anymore. I'm just going to let it be a mystery. A mystery unsolved."
He doesn't want the postseason to influence his start to next season.
"I wouldn't say October will motivate me any more than the regular season," Miller said. "I think, obviously, I wished I could have pitched more but at the same time, the season I had last year will push me even more.