Miller is out of the lineup Wednesday for Game 1 of the Cardinals' wild-card series with the Padres, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The Cardinals are squaring off against a right-handed pitcher (Chris Paddack) in Game 1, so the lefty-hitting Miller's exclusion from the lineup suggests he may have lost hold of a large-side platoon role after an extended slump to finish out the regular season. While his .808 OPS over his 48 games in 2020 was solid enough, Miller faded badly after his big two-homer, seven-RBI game on Sept. 1. From thereon, Miller slashed .165/.275/.316 with three home runs, seven RBI and a 34.1 percent strikeout rate.
Miller is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Miller and fellow lefty batter Matt Carpenter will take a seat Sunday, as Cardinals manager Mike Shildt goes with a lineup consisting of eight right-handed or switch-hitting players to counter southpaw Brett Anderson. Tyler O'Neill will serve as St. Louis' designated hitter in Miller's stead.
Miller is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Brewers, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Miller is 3-for-9 with two doubles in his past three games but will take a seat for Friday's matinee. Dexter Fowler will serve as the designated hitter while Tyler O'Neill, Harrison Bader and Dylan Carlson start from left to right in the outfield.
Miller isn't starting Wednesday against the Royals.
Miller broke out of a slump Tuesday as he reached base twice while plating a run in the win. He'll take a breather Wednesday with Rangel Ravelo serving as the designated hitter.
Miller went 1-for-3 with an RBI double, a walk and a run in a win over the Royals on Tuesday.
Miller's two-bagger to deep right in the fifth plated Paul Goldschmidt for the Cardinals' fourth run of the night. The veteran utility man snapped out of an 0-17 skid that had encompassed his seven prior games with Tuesday's effort, a span during which he saw his season average tumble 37 points to .236 thanks in large part to a 38.1 percent strikeout rate. Despite the struggles, Miller has maintained a near everyday role while filling the designated hitter spot.
Miller isn't in Monday's lineup against the Royals.
Miller has been in a slump recently as he's gone 0-for-16 with one run, two walks and eight strikeouts over the last six games. He'll get a breather Monday as Matt Carpenter starts as the designated hitter with Tommy Edman taking over at third base.
Miller went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and double during the win over Milwaukee in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader.
Miller's seventh homer of the season extended the St. Louis lead to 4-2 in the sixth. He also tallied a double to give him his first multi-hit game since Sept. 2. Though the veteran utility man has gone just 8-for-43 across his last 14 games, he still holds a solid .273/.396/.536 slash line on the campaign.
Miller went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 7-1 win over the Reds.
Miller took Reds starter Tejay Antone deep to center field in the fourth inning, which tied the game at one. That was Miller's sixth homer of the season, to go with a stolen base, 22 RBI and 17 runs scored in 30 games. He's gone just 6-for-32 (.188) with a pair of homers, four RBI and five runs scored in his last 10 contests.
Miller is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Tigers.
He has predictably cooled off lately, hitting .105 with a 30 percent strikeout rate and zero extra-base hits over his last six games. Rangel Ravelo will start at designated hitter and bat fifth.
Miller went 1-for-3 with an RBI fielder's choice, a double and a run during a win over the Twins in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday.
The veteran utility man checked into the contest mired in a 1-for-16 slump that had encompassed his previous five games, but he was able to snap a 2-2 tie in the third inning with his fielder's choice groundout that plated Harrison Bader. Despite his recent slump, Miller's season line sits at an impressive .282/.404/.541, figures partly comprised of 11 extra-base hits (five doubles, one triple, five home runs) and 21 RBI across 104 plate appearances.
Miller went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk during Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Reds.
The veteran infielder entered the series with only two home runs through 18 games, but he apparently loves Great American Ball Park with three homers in the past two days. Miller has taken over the everyday role as the Cardinals' designated hitter with a .333/.464/.667 slash line and 19 RBI.
Miller went 4-for-6 with two home runs, a double, seven RBI and an additional run scored during Tuesday's 16-2 win at Cincinnati.
It's the 30-year-old's second two-homer game of the season, and the seven RBI set a career-high mark. Miller finished a triple short of the cycle, with each of his four hits bringing home at least one run. He has a .317/.450/.619 slash line with four home runs, five doubles, 12 runs and 18 RBI in only 20 games this season.
Miller, who drew three walks and scored a run over five plate appearances in an extra-innings loss to the Indians on Saturday, now has a 15-game on-base streak and an elite .477 on-base percentage.
The veteran is enjoying the best offensive season of his career overall, further evidenced by a .327 average and elite 1.048 OPS across 65 plate appearances. Aiding Miller's cause greatly is a career-high 21.5 percent walk rate, a modest 16.9 percent strikeout rate and a career-best 30.8 percent line-drive rate. Miller has gotten an opportunity to play regularly in the wake of the Cardinals' multiple COVID-19 infections, but even now that most of those are by the wayside, the 30-year-old continues to force manager Mike Shildt's hand with his outstanding offensive production.
Miller started Games 1 and 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Pirates at third base and designated hitter, respectively, going a combined 1-for-5 with a triple and two walks.
Miller's versatility has been an ideal fit during a season of so many personnel losses for the Cardinals, and as he demonstrated Thursday, he's been far from just a stopgap option at the plate. The veteran pushed his season line to an impressive .318/.446/.568 via Thursday's production, with all three components representing career-best figures at the moment.
Miller went 3-for-4 with three singles, a walk and two runs scored in Monday's 9-3 win over Kansas City.
Miller got the start at third base as Tommy Edman shifted to second and Kolten Wong got the night off. The utility man made an impact hitting in front of Paul Goldschmidt, racking up three knocks and a walk while coming around to score twice. Miller has his OPS up to a robust 1.133 on the campaign and he figures to continue to see his fair share of at-bats going forward.
Miller went 0-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Reds.
Miller knocked in Kolten Wong with a bases-loaded fielder's choice in the fifth inning. Miller promptly recorded his first steal of the year to get into scoring position, but he couldn't come around to score. The 30-year-old utility man is slashing .348/.467/.696 with two homers, 10 RBI and four runs scored across 30 plate appearances.
Miller went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and two walks while playing in both games of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cubs.
The Cardinals' extensive list of absent players due to the team's recent COVID-19 outbreak has afforded the versatile Miller an abundance of playing time since St. Louis resumed play Saturday. The veteran has made excellent use of the opportunity, hitting .438 (7-for-16) with a pair of home runs and nine RBI while logging at least one official at-bat in each of the eight games during that span. Miller started at third base in Game 1 on Wednesday before filling in at shortstop for the nightcap of the doubleheader.
Miller went 2-for-3 with two homers, three RBI and a walk in a loss to the Cubs in the second game of Monday's doubleheader.
Miller knocked a two-run shot for his first homer of the season in the second inning before going deep again in the fourth. He's 4-for-9 with three extra-base hits in his first three games this season.
Miller went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI in Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader against the Cubs.
Miller delivered the big hit in this one, delivering a double with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning to give his club the lead. The veteran utility man could carve out a key role for himself if he continues to produce, especially given his versatility.
Miller will start at third base for the Cardinals in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Miller will get the nod at third base after sitting the first game of the doubleheader. It will be the 2020 debut for the 30-year-old utility man who could play an important role for the Cardinals as a flexible field player off the bench. Miller slashed .260/.329/.565 across 170 plate appearances in 2019.
|Last 7 Games|
|10/02||@ SD||L 0-4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/26||vs MIL||L 0-3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/25||@ MIL||W 9-1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/25||vs MIL||L 0-3||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/24||vs MIL||W 4-2||4||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|09/23||@ KC||L 3-12||2||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|09/22||@ KC||W 5-0||3||1||1||0||1||1||0|
|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2012||AFA-High Desert Maverick||97||410||89||139||33||5||11||56||52||79||19||6||.339||.411||.524|
|2017||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||4||11||1||3||3||0||0||0||2||2||0||0||.273||.385||.545|
|2018||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||8||27||4||5||0||0||1||2||3||9||1||0||.185||.258||.296|
|2018||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||2||6||2||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||.333||.429||.333|