Tuesday night (5/5), Shelby Miller (traded by the Cardinals over the winter to the Braves for outfielder Jason Heyward) found his perfect patsy. (Well, OK, not quite perfect: for Miller, that would be the Milwaukee Brewers, against whom he's 5-0 with a 2.20 ERA.)
That patsy team? The Phillies, who as as lowly now as they were in the late 60s-early 70s. Miller threw a three-hit shutout against them, needing just 99 pitches, improving his record to 3-1 against them and lowering his ERA to 2.41.
Miller eats up bad teams: he's 19-6 against teams who are under .500, with a 2.75 ERA; as opposed to 11-13, 3.73 ERA against team with .500+ records. And, oddly enough, when he faces bad teams, a fine mist of particulates appear in the air, prompting folks in all corners of the stands to remark that it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Well, it is...for Shelby, at least.