Drew Silva dives into St. Louis Cardinals SP Miles Mikolas' early-season numbers in 2022 and explains why he's not just a streamer.
DREW SILVA: There wasn't much reason to have high expectations for Miles Mikolas in 2022. Because of a series of injuries, he did not pitch at all in 2020 and logged only nine starts for the Cardinals in 2021, but he has been a saving grace for St. Louis in the early part of this year, boasting a 1.53 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 28 to 7 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 35 and 1/3 innings of work.
Instead of all the doubtful durability, Mikolas looks far more like the highly athletic and efficient starting pitcher that earned NL Cy Young Award votes in 2018. That was his first season back in Major League Baseball after a tour through Japan and he went on to finish with a 2.83 ERA in 32 starts covering 200-plus innings. A four-year $68 million contract extension followed that winter and what Mikolas has done so far in the third year of the deal can quell some of the regret the Cardinals may have been experiencing.
Busch Stadium ranks as one of the more pitcher-friendly home environments in baseball and the Cardinals rank as one of the top defensive clubs. It's a great match again and Mikolas is more than just a fantasy streaming consideration. He should probably be started every time out.