Why do the Cardinals keep skipping Joe Kelly?

Posted by Scott Wuerz on July 13, 2013 

Why is it with Shelby Miller and Lance Lynn sagging that the Cardinals insist on skipping Joe Kelly's turn in the rotation?

Instead of giving Miller and Lynn -- the latter of which ran out of gas in the second half of the 2012 season and the former a rookie who is pitching in what will be the longest season of his career so far -- an extra day of rest, Kelly gets skipped and is, basically a wasted resource.

As a starter Kelly is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA. He's started three games and has allowed 12 hits in 17 innings allowing one base runner an inning on average.

Lynn had an ERA of 4.85 since the beginning of June BEFORE he was tagged for six runs against the Cubs Saturday night.

I just don't understand why the Cardinals don't seem to trust Kelly who whittled his season ERA down to 3.88 after his most recent start. But two of their starters seem to be desperately in need of a reset while Kelly needs a chance to stretch out a little bit to improve his endurance and find consistency.

He won his most recent start. And as a reward, Kelly was shipped back to the bullpen.

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