The silver lining in all of this for St. Louis was that it had Mikolas, one of baseball’s breakout performers who dons one of baseball’s breakout mustaches on his upper lip. Mikolas bears the nickname “The Lizard King” which is what The Doors’ Jim Morrison called himself, saying, “I am the Lizard King. I can do anything.”
All the Cardinals needed was one more king-like performance from Mikolas, and they got it. Mikolas cruised through eight innings against the Cubs, allowing only an unearned run in the first. St. Louis scratched out a pair of runs to back him, one those also being of the unearned variety, and escaped with a 2-1 win.
Not bad for an unsung free agent, signed out of Japan last winter, who hadn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2014. He’s come a long way, literally and figuratively.nike nfl jerseys cheap china
“To be the guy that they’re looking to,” Mikolas said. “That’s another dream come true. A lot of hard work and effort.”
Still, under the elimination column, the number remained ‘1.’
“It’s fun,” Mikolas said. “A lot of intensity. I think that’s why a lot of these guys play baseball, to compete against the best and have a great time. We played a great game, and it was a lot of fun.”china nike nfl jerseys cheap
Mikolas won his 18th game with the performance and lowered his ERA to 2.83. He finishes a perfect 10-0 on the road. In a topsy-turvy season for the Cardinals, Mikolas has been the constant. He reached the 200-inning mark, during which he walked just 29 batters all season. He posted his 20th quality start in 32 outings.
True to form, Mikolas did not walk a batter on Saturday, the 12th time he has done that this season. His rate of 1.3 walks per nine innings is the lowest of all qualifying pitchers in baseball. That, and a well-developed ability to work off the inner part the plate, has allowed him to succeed in the Era of Strikeouts, even though his own whiff rate (6.6 K/9) is well below the big league average.
“Miles is a microcosm of what we look at,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said, “That’s consistent competition, and that’s what you’re going to get out of him. That’s what wins. Credit to him. He shows up well-prepared, even-keeled, and goes out and pitches. Just a fantastic job today.”
It was a nice bounce-back performance for St. Louis after Friday’s 8-4 loss, during which St. Louis committed three errors in one of the more ragged efforts of the brief Shildt era. For a time on Saturday, it looked like more of the same, like the Cardinals were doing an ugly face-plant to finish their season.