Rarely one to forcefully counter a critique, manager Mike Shildt took exception on Saturday morning to what he perceived to be a suggestion that the club needed to consider other starting pitching options amid a run of abbreviated starts.
“If we’re talking about the confidence in our rotation, it’s still high,” Shildt said in his retort. “I expect us at any moment — starting today — [to be capable] of going on a run.”
Hours later, Miles Mikolas made him look prescient.
With the deepest start by any Cardinals pitcher this season, Mikolas needed hardly any of the wiggle room the offense provided as it battered Mets fill-in starter Chris Flexen. Mikolas helped build that lead with a two-run single, and then locked it down with eight quality innings to treat a capacity crowd at Busch Stadium to a 10-2 Cardinals victory.