St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds
When and Where: Sunday, April 14, Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey, Mexico, 4:10 p.m. EDT.
Looking for his first dominant performance of the season and second straight winning start, Miles Mikolas takes the ball for the St. Louis Cardinals as they wrap up a two-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday in Monterrey, Mexico.
Mikolas makes progress with first win
An 18-game winner in 2018, Mikolas (1-1, 6.19 ERA) notched his first victory this season Monday after grinding through six innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The right-hander yielded three runs and five hits while walking around three hit batsmen in a 4-3 victory.
“I hit some guys. They got on base, but that didn’t deter me. I’m not going to let a few hit batters force me over the plate,” said Mikolas to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, earning praise from manager Mike Shildt for challenging hitters to claim the inside half of the plate.
Mikolas also kept the ball in the park after allowing four home runs over 10 innings, but he still has yielded 10 extra-base hits among the 17 he has given up overall.
The righty fared well against Cincinnati last year, going 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA. Mikolas allowed only one homer and three extra-base hits over 18 innings in those starts and was also backed with generous run support as the Cardinals plated 18 runs while he pitched.
Mikolas faced Reds scheduled starter Anthony DeScalfini in the most recent outing but left giving up three runs and six hits in four innings, failing to last long enough to pick up the win in St. Louis’ 6-4 victory.
DeScalfini seeks bounce-back start after rough outing
Anthony DeScalfini (0-1, 6.75) is out to end a personal five-game losing streak dating back to last season after getting roughed up in his last outing. The right-hander was tagged for six runs and seven hits and never recovered from a first-pitch home run while lasting 4 1-3 innings of a 7-5 defeat at Pittsburgh last Sunday.
DeScalfini also did not get a decision in that start against Mikolas, lasting just 3 2-3 innings and giving up two runs and five hits. He split two decisions in his other two starts versus St. Louis in 2018, getting reached for nine runs and 15 hits in 8 1-3 innings as the Cardinals hit .385 against him last year.
The righty is 5-2 with a 3.42 ERA in nine career starts versus the Cardinals despite Matt Carpenter having his way with him and going 9 for 20 with three homers and six extra-base hits overall in their matchups. Paul Goldschmidt also enjoyed facing DeScalfini while with Arizona, going 7 for 11 with a homer and two doubles.
Kolten Wong has yet to have success against DeScalfini, striking out seven times while
The Reds are:
- 5-12 in DeScalfini’s last 17 starts during game 2 of a series.
- 0-4 in DeScalfini’s last four starts vs. NL Central teams.
- 0-5 in DeScalfini’s last five starts vs. above-.500 teams.
The Cardinals are:
- 13-2 in Mikolas’ last 15 starts vs. sub-.500 teams.
- 9-1 in Mikolas’ last 10 starts following a quality start in his previous appearance.
- 6-1 in Mikolas’ last seven road starts.