Cardinals' Andrew Miller: Cardinals not naming closer
Miller has 53 career saves to his name, but his time in Cleveland made him synonymous with the idea that a team's best reliever need not always pitch the ninth inning. It's not clear that he fits that description in St. Louis at this point in his career, as a series of injuries limited him to 34 innings and a 4.24 ERA in 2018. The Cardinals also have second-year pitcher Jordan Hicks, who owns a 100.5 mph fastball but a mysteriously mediocre 20.7 percent strikeout rate. Manager Mike Shildt is likely to play the matchups, with Miller facing lefties and Hicks facing righties, preventing either player from recording a high save total.
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