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Goold: Shelby Miller May Still Not Make Playoffs Rotation

Brendan Marks, Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:23:00 GMT

After a two-week stretch that’s seen the St. Louis Cardinals go from 1.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central to leading the division by 4.5 games, the Redbirds seem well on their away to another postseason berth.

with less than three weeks left in the regular season, the cardinals will soon have to make some tough roster decisions. at the top of that list is who will be in the team’s starting rotation once october starts.

While Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn are all but locks, the Cardinals will have to choose between Michael Wacha, John Lackey and Shelby Miller.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch gave his thoughts on the issue on The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Tuesday.

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“How far do you want to go with your scope? Do you want to choose the guy that pitches the best the last two weeks of September, do you want to go with the guy who pitched the best the last four weeks of September, do you want to go with the guy who pitched the best the last three months?” Asked Goold. “We can basically cut the calendar up however we want in order to legitimize the decision.”

Goold says what’s working against Miller, who’s currently pitching as good as anyone on the Cardinals, is Lackey’s and Wacha’s past playoffs experience.

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“I think you can make a difficult decision on (Miller), but I don’t know how he can make it a lock that he’ll be in there just because the other guy’s bring something to the table that he does not have, which is past playoff success,” Goold said.

It’s a good problem to have from a team standpoint. But one has to feel for Miller – who was left out of the playoff rotation in 2013 – if he doesn’t make the cut again.

“I think he would have every right to be (mad). That’s the spot he’s in. He has to pitch great just to get consideration.”