Mikolas allowed five earned runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out five across six innings Thursday against the Rockies. He did not factor into the decision. Mikolas pitched cleanly the majority of the game but was sidetracked by two big rallies. The trouble began in the second inning when he allowed the first three batters of the frame to reach base on singles, resulting in two earned runs. Three innings later, he surrendered a three-run homer to Nolan Arenado. This marked Mikolas' third consecutive start allowing five earned runs, during which he's allowed five homers. That's inflated his ERA to 4.43, despite a respectable a respectable 1.25 WHIP. Mikolas will look to get back on track in his next start, currently scheduled for Tuesday at Milwaukee.
Mikolas (7-13) allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings in a loss to the Reds on Saturday. Nick Senzel led off the home half of the first inning with a solo shot and Aristides Aquino bookended Mikolas' lackluster outing with a three-run shot in the fifth. An 18-game winner last season, Mikolas now has 13 losses this year, most in the National League. Home runs have been the big difference; he's far from the only one dealing with that issue in 2019. Up next is a home start against the Rockies.
Mikolas allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts across five innings during a no-decision against the Pirates on Sunday. The Pirates offense tacked on two runs against the Cardinals bullpen and appeared poised to break their seven-game losing streak and give Mikolas his 13th loss. Instead, the Cardinals rallied in the seventh and eighth with Mikolas taking a no-decision. But he still allowed multiple home runs for the first time since May 24, and his ERA rose back above 4.00. Mikolas, who will pitch next at the Reds on Friday, is 7-12 with a 4.13 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 101 strikeouts in 137.1 innings this season.
Mikolas will make his next start Sunday against the Pirates, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The Cardinals have a scheduled off day Thursday, allowing them to skip Michael Wacha in the rotation and have Mikolas pitch Sunday on normal rest. The 31-year-old has come out of the All-Star break pitching well with a 2.18 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 22:5 K:BB in five starts.
Mikolas (7-12) took the loss against the Dodgers on Tuesday, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk in 6.1 innings while striking out seven. Mikolas was matched up against three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and was narrowly outpitched, leading to his 12th loss. He yielded only a pair of runs -- none after the third inning -- to pick up his 13th quality start of the season and fourth in his last five outings. Despite a 2-3 record over that five-game span, Mikolas has pitched well, compiling a 2.18 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. He'll try to get back into the win column when he heads to Kansas City on Tuesday to take on the Royals in his next scheduled start.