Miller arrived at spring training over the weekend, a few days behind other pitchers, due to personal reasons, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports.
The southpaw will be given time to work into his routine now that he's on site, with manager Mike Shildt noting there's essentially no concern about Miller getting up to speed, given his veteran status. Miller is coming off his best season since 2017, having forged a 2.77 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 16:5 K:BB across 13 innings over 16 appearances in 2020, adding four saves in five chances and a pair of holds. He should eventually settle into his usual eighth-inning role in the coming season, but there's a chance he sees the occasional ninth-inning opportunity early if the Cardinals opt to ease Jordan Hicks back into the full-time closer role.
Miller earned the save against Milwaukee on Thursday, pitching two-thirds of an inning and allowing no runs on one hit while striking out two.
Miller allowed an inherited runner to score when he gave up a single to the first batter he faced, but the veteran struck out the next two hitters to close out the save. The southpaw may be settling in as the Cardinals' closer as he has picked up each of the team's past two saves. That represents a noticeable commitment from St. Louis after four different pitchers had been credited with the team's previous four saves prior to Miller's run.
Miller made his 14th appearance of the season in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Pirates, which triggered his $12 million vesting option for 2021, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Miller inked a two-year, $25 million contract with St. Louis in December 2018, with the deal including a vesting option for 2021 if he made 110 appearances between the 2019 and 2020 seasons and a $2.5 million buyout if he failed to meet that threshold. Due to the 60-game 2020 campaign, Miller's option was prorated for 87 appearances, and since he already worked out of the bullpen in 73 games in 2019, the southpaw has now reached the necessary benchmark. Miller hasn't quite performed at the peak levels he reached between 2014 and 2017, but he's established himself as a key piece in a St. Louis bullpen that has been hit hard by the injury bug this season. With a perfect 3-for-3 mark in save opportunities and just one earned run allowed over his past nine outings, Miller looks to be the top option in the Cardinals' closing committee.
Miller picked up the save Sunday against the Pirates, striking out one while not allowing a baserunner in a scoreless ninth inning.
With Giovanny Gallegos still working his way back from a groin injury, Miller was called upon to pitch the ninth inning with the Cardinal's leading 2-1. The veteran left-hander was up to the task, picking up his third save while tossing a drama-free frame. Gallegos figures to be activated from the injured list at some point in the next week, but Miller will remain an option to pitch the ninth inning going forward.
Miller was charged with the blown save in Sunday's loss to the Reds. He gave up one run and one walk in two-thirds of an inning.
Miller was wild after replacing John Gant (groin) in the seventh inning, plunking Aristides Aquino before walking Freddy Galvis. The lefty went on to uncork a wild pitch. St. Louis recently lost Giovanny Gallegos (groin) to the IL and the veteran Miller remains in the mix for ninth-inning work, although hard-throwing righty Alex Reyes is perhaps the most deserving candidate for save chances.
Miller was identified by manager Mike Shildt as a candidate to see save opportunities the rest of the season in the wake of Giovanny Gallegos' (groin) placement on the injured list, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The veteran southpaw brings plenty of closing pedigree to the table, considering he logged 36 saves for the Yankees back in 2015 and added 24 more over the subsequent four seasons. Miller also has a pair of saves in as many chances this season and carries a 3.68 ERA across 7.1 innings.
Miller (shoulder), activated from the injured list earlier in the day, pitched a clean seventh inning during a win over the Cubs in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday.
Manager Mike Shildt found a relatively soft landing spot for Miller's return, and the veteran southpaw was able to successfully close out the 5-1 victory on an efficient 13 pitches, nine of which he threw for strikes. Miller now has three straight scoreless appearances, and he's blanked the opposition in six of his last seven trips to the mound overall.
Miller (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list Saturday.
Miller threw several bullpens during his recovery process, and each one went smoothly. As a result, he'll return to the bullpen after spending the minimum amount of time on the injured list. Left-hander Kwang-Hyun Kim was placed on the 10-day injured list for an undisclosed reason in a corresponding move.
Miller (shoulder) is targeting a return to the Cardinals' bullpen Saturday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Miller was placed on the 10-day injured list Aug. 27, but he appears to be in line for a relatively short absence after throwing several bullpens. It's unclear whether the southpaw will immediately resume the closing duties for the Cardinals once he returns to the bullpen.
Miller (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Monday at Busch Stadium and is expected to do so again Wednesday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The veteran southpaw is just a handful of days removed from being placed on the injured list with fatigue and soreness in his throwing shoulder. Miller will take the day off Tuesday before Wednesday's session, and the Cardinals will reevaluate his next steps after they see how well he tolerates throwing twice over a 72-hour period.
Miller was placed on the injured list Thursday with left shoulder fatigue.
This helps explain why Miller went unused during the team's series against the Royals. The lefty will be eligible for activation next Thursday, and the Cardinals are confident he'll be ready to go close to that date, per Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat. Junior Fernandez was activated from the injured list in a corresponding move, while Giovanny Gallegos and Tyler Webb are candidates to fill in at closer with Miller sidelined.
Miller was credited with his first hold of the season in a win over the Reds on Saturday, firing a scoreless two-thirds of an inning during which he allowed a hit and issued a walk.
The veteran southpaw has been a bit of a mixed bag thus far this season, and even Saturday, he had some control issues over a small sample while throwing just two of six pitches for strikes. Miller's effort against the Reds was an improvement over his most recent trip to the mound, however, as he'd given up two earned runs on three hits over one-third of an inning to the Cubs on Wednesday in his first loss of the campaign.
Miller (0-1) was charged with the loss in a defeat the hands of the Cubs in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday, allowing two earned runs on three hits over one-third of an inning. He struck out one.
The veteran left-hander was entrusted with preserving a 2-2 tie when he entered in the seventh and final frame of Wednesday's nightcap, but Miller ultimately surrendered a game-winning two-run single to David Bote. Miller had put together a three-appearance scoreless streak prior to Wednesday's stumble, and now owns a 6.75 ERA and two saves across his first four innings of 2020.
Miller collected his second save in Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader against the Cubs, striking out one batter over a scoreless inning.
It took just 10 pitches (eight strikes) for Miller to retire the Cubs in order to close out Game 1 of Monday's twin bill. The southpaw has looked sharp through his first four appearances of the 2020 campaign, surrendering one run on four hits and a walk while fanning four over 3.2 frames. He should continue to see save chances for his club moving forward.
Miller allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless seventh inning to earn the save in the second game of a doubleheader against the White Sox on Saturday.
Miller was called upon to close the second game after Giovanny Gallegos threw in the first contest. He looked impressive after allowing a leadoff single, generating two swinging strikeouts to earn his first save of the season. With Ryan Helsley (illness) currently sidelined, Miller could pair with Gallegos to see save chances.
Miller was listed by manager Mike Shildt among a group of candidates who could close for the Cardinals going forward Wednesday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Kwang Hyun Kim got the Cardinals' first save of the season but will be a starter moving forward. Miller has plenty of closer experience, saving a total of 59 games over the course of his career, though he's fallen off significantly from the dominant level he maintained for several seasons at his peak. His ERA has finished above 4.00 in each of the last two seasons, while his strikeout rate has fallen below 30 percent and his walk rate has risen above 10 percent. Still, if the Cardinals use a committee approach, Miller could get saves when a run of lefties comes up in the ninth inning.
Miller allowed two hits over a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in a loss to the Twins on Wednesday and now has a 5.40 ERA through his first two appearances of 2020.
The veteran southpaw was able to work around the pair of baserunners Wednesday, but he did allow an earned run on a hit and a walk in his first outing of the season Sunday against the Pirates. Miller was trending in the right direction as summer camp ended, although the fact he's been somewhat hittable early in the regular season evokes memories of an inconsistent 2019 campaign during which the 35-year-old produced a 4.45 ERA, his highest since 2011.
Miller has looked sharper with each subsequent summer camp appearance, Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The veteran southpaw has clearly put the mysterious "lack of feel" that plagued him back in Grapefruit League action behind him, and he appears to increasingly resemble the pitcher who went 48-for-52 in save opportunities with the Yankees and Indians during the 2015-16 seasons. Frederickson notes Miller has generated three consecutive scoreless appearances in camp through Sunday after a shaky first outing in which he gave up two earned runs, recording multiple strikeouts in two of them. While Miller is mainly ticketed for eighth-inning duties once again this season, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports Miller will certainly also be a closing option when Kwang-Hyun Kim, just named to the ninth-inning role Monday, isn't available.
Miller is one of several options for the Cardinals' closer role that's currently in flux, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
A confluence of factors have murkied the Cardinals' closing situation for the time being: Jordan Hicks, who was already set to miss at least the first month of the season while working back from elbow surgery, has now opted out of playing in 2020 altogether; Giovanny Gallegos, the top candidate to at least open the season as the primary closing option, remains grounded in Mexico with no known arrival date; and Carlos Martinez, who performed well in the latter portion of last season by converting 24 of 27 save chances, has a strong preference to start and has performed well enough to earn the No. 5 role in the rotation. While Martinez may ultimately not have a choice in the matter if manager Mike Shildt determines he's the best man for the job, Miller is the one other option on the roster with a solid amount of experience in high-leverage situations. Miller was a stellar 36-for-38 in save opportunities for the Yankees back in 2015, and he followed it up with a 12-for-14 showing and 1.45 ERA the next season with New York and Cleveland. The one primary concern is the way the big left-hander often struggled in his first Cardinals campaign in 2019, when he posted a 4.45 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and recorded just six saves in 11 opportunities.
Miller threw live batting practice in Tuesday's summer camp session, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The veteran southpaw seems to be completely over the general discomfort he was feeling back in spring training. That's especially good news for the Cardinals bullpen, considering Miller is set to once again handle a significant amount of setup work and potentially even see some save opportunities while Jordan Hicks (elbow) remains out.
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|09/30||@ SD||W 7-4||0.2||1||0||0||0|
|09/26||vs MIL||L 0-3||0.2||0||0||1||2|
|09/24||vs MIL||W 4-2||1||0.2||1||0||0||2|
|09/20||@ PIT||W 2-1||1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|09/18||vs PIT||W 7-2||1||1.0||0||0||0||3|
|09/17||@ PIT||L 1-5||1.0||0||0||1||1|
|09/13||vs CIN||L 5-10||0.2||0||1||1||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2011||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||65.0||13||12||0||3||3||0||61||35||42||2.49||1.185|
|2012||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||11.0||10||0||0||0||0||1||23||14||4||5.73||1.636|
|2018||AFX-Lake County Captains||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||3||90.00||15.000|