Losing a three-game set to the Colorado Rockies is not ideal for the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals lost two of three games in their series with the Rockies in Denver. After a series sweep of the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees, the Cardinals had high aspirations for continuing their good fortunes.
That didn’t happen.
The Cardinals lost on Tuesday 16-5. They won on Wednesday 9-5. They lost Thursday 8-6.
The Cardinals must shake off this series and get ready to head back to St. Louis for a three-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers are a half-game back of the Cardinals.
To put it mildly, this is an important series for the Cardinals.
Let’s examine a few takeaways from this series against the Rockies.
Bad – Miles Mikolas
This was a surprisingly bad start for Mikolas. Now 8-9 on the season, Mikolas gave up 14 hits over 2.2 innings of work. He gave up ten earned runs, including a home run to C.J. Cron. He did strike out two batters and induced four swings and misses.
Packy Naughton pitched 2.2 innings of relief, giving up five hits and four earned runs. While he gave up a walk, he did strike out three and induced seven swings and misses.
T.J. McFarland pitched 2.2 innings, giving up three hits and two earned runs, including a home run to Ryan McMahon. McFarland was designated for assignment on Wednesday. It’s uncertain if he will remain a Cardinal.