Kelly, who's competing for the fifth spot in the St. Louis rotation, used the outing to work on his secondary pitches. "Obviously, I'm going to get the hitter out the best I can," he told MLB.com. "But I really want to know where I'm at with my offspeed stuff and my breaking stuff, especially early on in Spring Training when there's time to work on it."
Kelly went 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 79:44 K:BB ratio in 124 innings with the Cardinals last season.
Opposing hitters might argue that the stuff tossed by
"I think he started to understand his own identity," Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I think that's the natural maturation of getting experience. I definitely feel like there is more of a comfort level of how he pitched when he pitched. He doesn't quite seem like [he has] the swing-and-miss (velocity) like (Carlos) Martinez or (Michael) Wacha or (Shelby) Miller, but he still has horsepower and as he improves with a style of pitching it could be there."
Kelly's fastball has still been clocked at up to 98 mph. He showed it in a 12-start stint last season in which he went 9-2 with a 2.09 ERA.
Kelly has been using a football to practice repeating both his grip and arm slot. "At first it felt weird," Kelly said. "Then it started to work." Kelly spent the offseason trying to simplify his delivery. After being told he was tipping his pitches late last season, Kelly also changed how he holds his gloves, so hitters can't tell what he's doing.
Kelly will compete for a spot in the team's rotation. Last season, he posted a 2.69 ERA in 124 innings.
Kelly tossed four scoreless inning before allowing a run to score on a Mike Carp fielder's choice in the fifth and a run-scoring single to Daniel Nava in the sixth. He yielded two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out six over 5 1/3 innings of a 5-4 win.
Kelly has allowed at least two earned runs in each of his first four postseason outings. He could be an option to start in Game 7, if necessary.
Kelly made 15 starts and 22 relief appearances for the Cardinals during the regular season, going 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 79:44 K:BB ratio in 124 innings. He's made three postseason starts to date, giving up eight earned runs in 16 1/3 innings while the Cardinals have gone 1-2 in his starts.
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