Mikolas (17-4) tossed seven innings and earned the win Sunday, allowing two runs on two hits (one home run) while striking out eight in the victory over San Francisco. Mikolas was terrific once again, bringing his season ERA back under 3.00 while turning in his highest single-game strikeout total since May 21. Aside from a two-run shot in the seventh by Brandon Crawford, the 30-year-old stifled the Giants all afternoon. It was also his ninth consecutive start walking fewer than two batters. Mikolas should make the final start of his incredible 2018 comeback campaign Saturday against the Cubs.
Mikolas (16-4) allowed two runs on four hits and one walk across five innings to earn the win Monday against the Braves. He struck out six. Mikolas threw first-pitch strikes to 15 of 21 batters and induced 17 swinging strikes in this relatively short outing. He was only scored upon via a two-run home run from Freddie Freeman in the third inning and would've gone deeper into the game if not for an abnormally high pitch count after five frames. It was Mikolas' third consecutive win and he now sits tied for second in the National League in that category. He'll take a sharp 3.01 ERA into a favorable matchup with the Giants this weekend.
Mikolas (15-4) allowed one run on five hits in a win over the Pirates on Tuesday, striking out seven and walking one in seven innings. Mikolas surrendered just one extra-base hit and threw 75 of 107 pitches for strikes on the way to his 15th win and 18th quality start this season. Mikolas is now tied with Jon Lester for third in the NL in wins and ranks sixth in the league with a 2.99 ERA. The right-hander doesn't feature preeminent strikeout stuff (6.3 K/9) but rather makes his living by limiting walks and home runs, as he's allowed just 28 walks and 14 home runs in 180.2 innings this year. His next start will be a matchup with the Dodgers at home.
Mikolas (14-4) picked up the win Wednesday against the Nationals, allowing four runs on 12 hits while striking out two across 6.2 innings. Mikolas was far from dominant in this one, but the Cardinals provided him with plenty of run support en route to his team-best 14th win. The right-hander was through four scoreless before allowing a pair of run-scoring doubles in the fifth and sixth frames. He was then pulled with two outs and two on in the seventh inning and both runners would come around to score on Dakota Hudson, spoiling what would have been Mikolas' first quality start in four outings. Mikolas will carry a 3.06 ERA into his next start, which will come at home against the Pirates.
Mikolas will start Wednesday against Washington instead of Tuesday as originally expected, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. Mikolas will end up with an extra day of rest this time through the rotation and is set to get another extra day before his following start, as Adam Wainwright is expected to return from his elbow injury and slot in ahead of him in the rotation. That means Mikolas will lose a two-start week this week and lose the chance to face the Tigers, though he'll gain a two-start week next week, pitching at home against the Pirates and Dodgers.