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  • Cardinals' Miles Mikolas: Trying to shake off poor 2023

    Mikolas is retooling his slider for 2024 after a disappointing 2023 season during which he had a 4.78 ERA over 201.1 innings, John Denton of reports.

    Mikolas' poor whiff rate (16.7 percent) contributed to his problems in 2023. "I'm working on some different breaking balls and working with some other stuff and so far, so good," said Mikolas. "Maybe not so much [changing] the shape as I am mixing things up more. The mix I had last year wasn't overly successful, so maybe it bodes better if I am mixing things up better." As part of his changes, Mikolas also wants to throw fewer strikes -- batters hit .225 off of him after taking two strikes in 2023. Mikolas has a lot to prove as the longest-tenured member of the Cardinals' rotation following Adam Wainwright's retirement, but it's unclear if his offseason changes will help the 35-year-old get his ERA back under 4.00.

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  • Cardinals' Miles Mikolas: Matches season high for strikeouts

    Mikolas (9-13) allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out 10 without walking a batter over seven innings to earn the win Sunday over the Reds.

    Mikolas matched his season high with 10 strikeouts. He logged quality starts in his last two outings of the season after an inconsistent campaign overall, which saw the veteran right-hander post a 4.78 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 137:39 K:BB across 201.1 innings. Mikolas is under contract for 2024, so he should be a mid-rotation starter for the Cardinals after enduring the worst of his five years with the club in 2023.

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  • Cardinals' Miles Mikolas: Dominant for eighth win

    Mikolas (8-13) earned the win Tuesday, allowing one run on five hits and two walks over seven innings against the Brewers. He struck out five.

    After allowing five earned runs and taking the loss in each of his last three starts, Mikolas rattled off seven innings of one-run baseball against Milwaukee. The outing marked Mikolas' second in the last 10 starts without allowing a home run. Over that stretch (60 innings), Mikolas owns a 6.00 ERA with a 33:13 K:BB. He's lined up to close out the Cardinals regular season Sunday against the Reds at Busch Stadium.

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  • Cardinals' Miles Mikolas: Start pushed up to Tuesday

    Mikolas will start Tuesday's game in Milwaukee, John Denton of reports.

    Mikolas has flip-flopped with Zack Thompson, who will now start Wednesday's game against the Brewers. Dakota Hudson is on tap for Thursday's series finale. This slight change to the schedule could allow Mikolas to fit in two more starts before the Cardinals' season comes to a close.

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  • Cardinals' Miles Mikolas: Falters in 13th loss

    Mikolas (7-13) took the loss Thursday, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and one walk over five innings against the Brewers. He struck out four.

    Everything fell apart for Mikolas in the sixth inning, as he allowed four runs, capped by a Victor Caratini three-run homer, and departed without making an out. This was the 35-year-old's eighth straight start allowing three or more runs, dating back to Aug. 14. Over that span, he has a 7.24 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 23:11 K:BB over 46 innings. Mikolas has pitched to the tune of a 4.95 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 122:37 K:BB over 187.1 innings this season.

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  • Cardinals' Miles Mikolas: Surrenders five runs in loss

    Mikolas (7-12) took the loss against Philadelphia on Saturday, allowing five runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out two batters over six innings.

    Mikolas hung tough through four frames and trailed just 2-1 entering the fifth. However, Kyle Schwarber tagged him for a three-run blast in that inning to mar the veteran right-hander's final line. Mikolas rarely helps himself with punchouts -- he's notched exactly two in each of his past four starts -- so he largely has to rely on good control and keeping the ball in the park. The latter hasn't been a strong suit of his of late, as Mikolas has given up six homers over his past three starts -- one more than he had surrendered over his previous eight outings combined.

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  • Cardinals' Miles Mikolas: Gives up pair of homers in loss

    Mikolas (7-11) allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out two over 5.1 innings in a loss to the Reds on Sunday.

    Mikolas allowed five or more runs in a start for the 10th time this year. He infamously becomes the third pitcher to do so this season, joining Jordan Lyles and Lance Lynn. The 34-year-old Mikolas has allowed three or more runs in each of his last six outings and has given up nine home runs over that span while failing to reach five strikeouts in any of those appearances. After posting extremely strong numbers in 2022, Mikolas has fallen back to Earth this season. He now owns a 4.75 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 116:36 K:BB in 176.1 innings and lines up for a home start against the Phillies next.

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  • Cardinals' Miles Mikolas: Survives homers for seventh win

    Mikolas (7-10) picked up the win in Tuesday's 10-6 victory over Atlanta, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks over 6.2 innings. He struck out two.

    All three Atlanta runs came on solo shots, but Mikolas otherwise kept the NL East leaders off the board and got more than enough run support from the Cardinals. The quality start was his 12th of the season, but since the All-Star break the right-hander has stumbled to a 5.69 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 34:11 K:BB through 55.1 innings, largely thanks to 10 homers allowed. He could have a hard time keeping the ball in the park again in his next outing, which is likely to come this weekend in Cincinnati.

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  • Cardinals' Miles Mikolas: Guts out quality start

    Mikolas didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Padres after striking out two while allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings.

    The Padres got an early jump on Mikolas, scoring three runs in the first two innings before the veteran right-hander settled in to blank San Diego over his final four frames while allowing just two more hits. It's the first quality start for Mikolas since Aug. 8 -- he struggled to an 8.47 ERA over his previous three outings (17 innings). Overall, he's 6-10 with a 4.66 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 112:33 K:BB across 29 starts (164.1 innings) this season. Mikolas will be looking for his first win since July 17 in his next outing, which is expected to fall next week in Atlanta.

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  • Cardinals' Miles Mikolas: Struggles again in loss

    Mikolas (6-10) took the loss Friday, allowing five runs on eight hits and zero walks over six innings against the Phillies. He struck out three.

    Among the eight hits Mikolas allowed were six extra-base hits, including five doubles. The last one was a solo home run by Alec Bohm in the sixth. The eminently hittable Mikolas has now allowed 52 hits with only 30 strikeouts over his past 42.2 innings, leading to a 6.12 ERA. He'll look to turn things around in his next start, currently scheduled for next week at home against the Padres.

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  • Cardinals' Miles Mikolas: Roughed up by Mets

    Mikolas (6-9) took the loss Saturday, allowing seven runs on seven hits and two walks over 4.2 innings in a 13-2 loss to the Mets. He struck out four.

    Mikolas allowed a season-high seven runs Saturday, including a solo home run to DJ Stewart in the fourth and a grand slam to Daniel Vogelbach in the fifth before being yanked. The outing ended a strong three-start stretch for Mikolas, who had allowed eight earned runs over 20.1 innings while striking out 16 batters. He'll look to get back on track in his next projected start, which is expected to come during a three-game road series against the Phillies next weekend.

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  • Cardinals' Miles Mikolas: Coughs up four runs

    Mikolas yielded four runs on five hits and three walks over 6.1 innings in Monday's win over the Athletics. He struck out four and did not factor in the decision.

    Mikolas rolled through four shutout frames before Oakland broke up the shutout in the fifth inning. It was the first time he allowed more than two earned runs in an outing since July 22 and his season ERA climbed to 4.27. Mikolas had issued just two walks over his previous seven outings, posting a 3.28 ERA during that stretch. His next outing is projected to be at home against the Mets.

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  • Cardinals' Miles Mikolas: Goes seven innings in loss

    Mikolas (6-8) took the loss Tuesday, allowing two runs on eight hits over seven innings against the Rays. He struck out five.

    Mikolas has pitched seven innings while allowing just two runs in each of his last two starts. However, he was stuck with the loss again Tuesday as the Cardinals failed to provide enough run support against Zach Eflin and the Rays. Mikolas has pitched to a 3.28 ERA over his last seven outings, lowering his ERA to 4.20 on the season with a 1.28 WHIP and 99:26 K:BB across 25 starts (141.1 innings). The 34-year-old Mikolas will look to get in the win column in his next outing, currently scheduled for next week against Oakland.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 230 lbs
Birthplace: Jupiter, FL
Age: 35
Experience: 7
Bats/Throws: R, R