A cursory examination of Tuesday’s statistics would indicate that Shelby Miller has drawn clear of Joe Kelly for the remaining spot in the Cardinals’ rotation.

As the Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins and Westminster Christian Academy product Jacob Turner 5-4, Miller allowed just a leadoff single in four innings, walked one and fanned three in a scoreless outing that was abetted by excellent defense from third baseman Matt Carpenter and good plays by center fielder Oscar Taveras and right fielder Shane Robinson.

Miller, who had been told he had been tipping some of his pitches when he taps his glove, fired 31 strikes out of 43 offerings and retired the final 11 men he faced before giving way to Kelly and throwing 20 more pitches in the bullpen.

Kelly pitched around a double and a single in his first two innings and then was touched for six singles and four runs in the seventh inning.

He was almost out of the inning after getting a double play but rookie shortstop Adeiny Hevhavarria fought back from a 1-2 count to single in a run and then Kelly allowed three more singles and threw a wild pitch, leading to three more runs.

Several of the balls were not hit hard. A couple were.

“It’s going to take four singles to score a guy, three singles to score a guy,” said Kelly.

“Obviously, that’s what they did.”

The point manager Mike Matheny made after the game was that Kelly, in trying to define himself as a sinkerball, ground-ball pitcher – which both the manager and the pitcher think he is – still needs to use his 95 mile an hour, four-seam fastball once in a while to get a strikeout.

“He has enough power to throw it past somebody but he has enough sink to be efficient,” said Matheny. “He’s just kind of feeling his way through it.

“You saw a couple of examples today how he got to 0-2 real fast and, the next thing you know, it’s 3-2 and four more foul balls. You’ve got to be honest with yourself and most of us aren’t real good self-evaluators.