Miles Mikolas writes false history with disastrous start

The St. Louis Cardinals were hoping Miles Mikolas could stem his Coors Field struggles. Instead it got much, much worse.

St. Louis Cardinals Starting pitcher Miles Mikolas started this season Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field with a 1.83 ERA in 12 night games. However, it wasn’t long before this impressive ERA exploded when Mikolas landed on the wrong side of history in the Mile High City.

Mikolas went down in dubious terms in the MLB history books on Tuesday night, giving up 14 hits and 10 runs in 2.2 innings as the Rockies ended the third inning 12-0 ahead of the Cardinals, who held the National League Central led. With that outing, Mikolas became only the second MLB pitcher to ever give up 14 or more hits and 10 or more runs while recording 10 or fewer outs.

Who was the last MLB pitcher to have such a horrible outing? Ralph Comstock of the Detroit Tigers with the Boston Red Sox on September 12, 1913 (h/t @MikeGarrigan23 for the info).

Cardinals: Miles Mikolas’ disastrous start against the Rockies makes dubious history

Overall, Mikolas went into Tuesday’s game with a 2.92 ERA, the ninth-lowest mark in MLB. However, by the time he went off the mound in the middle of a third inning in Colorado with nine runs, that ERA had risen to 3.50. Also, this season’s opponents only batted .222 against Mikolas before Tuesday night. Colorado went 14-to-22 against him (.637 batting average).

Colorado’s nine-run third inning chasing Mikolas was the first time this season that a National League team had nine or more runs in a frame. Additionally, Colorado’s nine hits in the third inning was the most the Rockies had scored in an inning since June 28, 2019, when they recorded nine hits in the bottom of the fifth against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Mikolas flirted with the story on June 14 he got around a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates. On Tuesday night, he went down in history at the completely opposite end of the pitching record books. Miles Mikolas writes false history with disastrous start

John Verrall

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