St. Louis Cardinals Wiretap
St. Louis Cardinals rookie Shelby Miller retired the final 27 batters on Friday night against the Colorado Rockies after allowing a single to begin the game.
He's just the fifth pitcher since 1961 to accomplish the feat.
New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey has received most of the attention as the game's best rookie hurler, but Miller has comparable numbers.
Miller: 5-2, 1.58 ERA, 45.2 IP, 29 H, 3 HR, 11 BB, 51 SO, .179 AVG
The St. Louis Cardinals have placed Jake Westbrook on the disabled list with elbow pain that he has been trying to ignore since spring training.
"I've pitched through a lot of stuff through my career," Westbrook said. "It just kind of got a little more inflamed than I would have liked my last start."
St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said Westbrook likely would miss two starts after complaining about the elbow in his last outing, but emphasized it was a minor injury. The 35-year-old got a cortisone injection on Friday.
"It's really not that big of a deal," Mozeliak said. "It's just something that we didn't want to push it, didn't want it to become a big problem."
The St. Louis Cardinals let Kyle Lohse leave as a free agent and then Chris Carpenter essentially retired this winter, but they still entered the season with a deep staff.
The Cardinals' five starters -- Adam Wainwright, Jaime Garcia, Lance Lynn, Jake Westbrook and Shelby Miller -- have a 2.20 ERA, leading the majors through Friday.
"Going into the offseason, we felt like we had eight starters for five spots," general manager John Mozeliak said. "Carp went down, but we still felt like we had depth, and that's why we didn't feel an obligation to chase free agents."
The St. Louis Cardinals have fallen just short of a no-hitter in consecutive days.
They retired 40 straight Colorado Rockies hitters between Friday and Saturday, matching the all-time record for most consecutive hitters retired by one team against another.
Shelby Miller started on Friday, following by Adam Wainwright.
Along with the record-tying string of 40 consecutive batters retired, the Cardinals held the Rockies hitless for a span of 50 batters between Young's single on Friday and Arenado's knock on Saturday.
Chris Carpenter took another step toward to a possible return by tossing a pain-free bullpen session on Friday night.
His career appeared as if it may be over when it was announced in February that he was unlikely to pitch in 2013 as he was still suffering from chronic pain in his neck, shoulder and arm.
Those same symptoms shelved Carpenter for 150 games last season, though he returned late and pitched in the postseason for the St. Louis Cardinals.
"My arm has come back and I feel strong," Carpenter said. "I'm not trying to be a hero or do anything crazy. I just want to go out and see if I can pitch.
Cardinals May 2013 Archive