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01-18-2019, 06:07 AM,
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If success is the best revenge http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-...ria-jersey , consider Miles Mikolas avenged.After three years in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, apparently unwanted by all 30 MLB clubs, Mikolas is back in the big leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals and pitching like he belongs.Check that鈥攈e's pitching like a bona fide ace.First, some background: Mikolas broke into The Show in 2012 with the San Diego Padres and posted a 3.62 ERA in 32.1 innings out of the bullpen. By 2014, he'd bounced to the Texas Rangers and posted an unsightly 6.44 ERA in 10 starts.He never eclipsed a middling 6.4 strikeouts per nine innings in a single season at the highest level. He looked, threw and quacked like an easily discarded fringe arm.In 2015, Mikolas crossed the Pacific and caught on with the Yomiuri Giants. "I went to Japan because I was going to have a little bit of a leash," Mikolas said in May, per Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "You can work through things."Jeff Roberson/Associated PressWork through them he did. In three campaigns with the Giants, he put up a 31-13 record and 2.18 ERA and got extensive experience as a starter.It was enough to catch the attention of the Cardinals, who inked him to a two-year Sergio Romo Jersey , $15.5 million contract in December 2017.He was 29 years old and hadn't tested his mettle against major league hitters in years. Cards fans could be forgiven for yawning.Nine months later, Mikolas is an integral piece of a St. Louis team that's fighting for a postseason berth.In 173.2 innings with the Red Birds, Mikolas boasts a 3.06 ERA and 14-4 record. He made the National League All-Star team. Since Independence Day, the Cardinals have won 10 of his 12 starts.His 94.8 mph average four-seam fastball velocity is slightly above his MLB career average of 94.4 mph, per FanGraphs. Yet, he'sthrowing it 27 percent of the time compared to a big league career average of 31 percent and leaning more heavily on his breaking balls."It's a high percent of off-speed stuff for strikes early and that's not easily done by pitchers," Padres manager Andy Green said of Mikolas, a former Friar, per Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune. "A lot of guys have trouble doing that and he's proved so far he's very effective at that this year.""Learning to pitch rather than throw" is something of a cliche, but it's a cliche for a reason."We count on all our starters, but Miles has been an anchor for us Matt Duffy Jersey ," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said, per MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch. "He's been able to separate worlds and still compete. Tough guy."Morry Gash/Associated PressHe's not a strikeout machine with an average of 6.2 per nine. But he's walked an NL-low 1.4 per nine. There is room in the game for command artists. Not every successful pitcher needs to blow hitters away.In many respects, Mikolas' improbable journey mirrors that ofnow-retired right-hander Ryan Vogelsong. After the San Francisco Giants traded him to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001, Vogelsong suffered injuries and endured inconsistency. He ended up in Japan, rediscovered his groove, ultimately returned to the Giants on a flier contract in 2011 and wound up making an All-Star team and winning two titles with San Francisco.It's unclear if Mikolas will reach similar heights. This much we know: Entering play Wednesday, the Cardinals narrowly held the NL's second wild-card position despite making no significant trade-deadline additions, trading outfielder Tommy Pham and firing manager Mike Matheny.Mikolas isn't the only factor. Infielder Matt Carpenter is putting together an MVP-quality season. Rookie outfielder Harrison Bader and rookie right-hander Jack Flaherty have made significant impacts.Mikolas is the X-factor, though, the delightfully unexpected ingredient.For a guy who was recently pitching in anonymity an ocean away, this must feel pretty damn good. All statistics current entering Thursday and courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs. CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs have had their eye on the National League playoffs from Opening Day. But in the final week of the regular season http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-...uza-jersey , just how the two-time defending Central Division champions will factor into the postseason picture remains unclear.With five games remaining starting with Wednesday’s divisional test against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cubs are attempting to hold off the Milwaukee Brewers for the division title, but also can’t lose sight of the St. Louis Cardinals, who are hoping to join the postseason push as the third representative from the Central Division.The Cubs still remain the front-runner despite carrying a two-game losing streak into Wednesday following a 6-0 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday. The loss, coupled with the Brewers’ 12-4 victory over the Cardinals, leaves the Cubs’ lead at just a half a game as Chicago once again was unable to inch closer to a division title.Article continues below ...Despite that and a second straight night when the offense sputtered, the Cubs aren’t concerning with themselves with shrinking margins as they understand the level of competition they’re facing down the stretch.“I just want to point out we have the best record in the National League and we haven’t clinched yet,” Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward told reporters Tuesday, according to the team’s official website. “That shows you how good our division is. That shows you how good this league is. I feel like it’s time to pay respect to how good these other teams have been playing baseball.”As much as the Cubs hope to secure another division title, they realize that they could still find their ways into the playoffs as a wild card should they fail to put away the Brewers. That would set up a much different scenario, but one Cubs manager Joe Maddon said his team will deal with if necessary.“I hope we avoid that Chris Archer Jersey ,” Maddon told reporters on Tuesday, according to MLB.comJose Quintana (13-11, 4.11 ERA) will start for the Cubs. Quintana is hoping to bounce back from consecutive losses, including in his last outing against the Chicago White Sox. Quintana allowed five runs and nine hits over five innings, which snapped a string of six straight starts in which he didn’t allow more than two earned runs. Quintana is 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in four career starts against Pittsburgh.Ivan Nova gets the start for Pittsburgh. Nova (9-9, 4.01) is 2-0 with a no-decision in three starts this month and has surrendered just two earned runs in those three starts and has struck out 15. Nova looks to continue his run of good fortune he has enjoyed during his career against the Cubs as he is 4-2 with a 3.27 ERA in seven career starts.Nova was scheduled to make another start following Wednesday’s outing but the Pirates’ scheduled makeup game against the Miami Marlins on Monday was canceled. That means that Nova will make his final start against the Cubs, which is an outing he looks forward to despite the fact the Pirates have nothing to play for.“I just want to go pitch,” Nova told reporters on Monday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “As long as you feel good, you want to keep pitching. A lot of guys are ready to go home now that we have been eliminated from the playoffs. I’m excited to have another chance to pitch (on Wednesday).”
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