PHOENIX — Like pitching?
The final game of the St. Louis-Arizona series Wednesday features a couple starters who have had strong seasons but also should be considered under-the-radar All-Star candidates Phillip Dorsett Jersey , at least for those who have not been paying close attention.
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Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin and St. Louis right-hander Miles Mikolas rank in the top 10 among NL qualifiers in ERA, WHIP, WAR and innings pitched. The only statistical difference is in strikeouts, where Corbin is tied for second and Mikolas is down the pack. Mikolas compensates by pitching to contact and getting the majority of his outs on the ground.
They are compatible in one more way — each has received below-average run support. Corbin has received the fourth-fewest, 3.65 per start. Mikolas’ support checks in under the league average.
Arizona used a three-run homer from Paul Goldschmidt to take a 4-2 victory Tuesday as the teams have split the first two games of the series. Arizona will conclude a 10-game homestand with a four-game set with San Diego beginning Thursday, when the Cardinals open a four-game series in San Francisco before finishing a nine-game trip in Chicago against the White Sox.
Mikolas, 29, has been perhaps the most pleasant surprise in the major leagues this season, signing with the Cardinals over the winter after three strong seasons for the Yomiuri Giants in the Japanese Central League. He was 3-13 with a 2.18 ERA in 62 starts in Japan after being released by Texas in November 2014.
“Obviously this season he’s been fantastic,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “He should be sitting on 10 wins right now. Two of the losses he had, he had us right there. He just matched up with a pitcher we couldn’t get much going against. Miles has been very good.”
Mikolas has made 11 quality starts Orlando Brown Jr. Jersey , tied for fourth in the league. After starting the season 6-0, he has lost three of his five decisions in June despite posting five quality starts and giving up one earned run in two of his losses.
“A guy who just attacks the strike zone,” Matheny said.
“He has very good stuff. Doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. Not afraid to use his defense. He has been just an incredible surprise for us. What a great pickup for our organization and a salute to our scouts who are finding people like Miles who are out there.
“He figured something out while he was in Japan. The way he goes about his business, not just how he competes but how he prepares, you could see that being something that sticks around for awhile.”
Mikolas and Corbin are tied for second in the league in WHIP (0.99). Mikolas is sixth and Corbin ninth in ERA and innings pitched, and Mikolas is seventh and Corbin ninth in WAR.
Each has one of the five shutouts thrown in the NL this season. Washington’s Max Scherzer, Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon and Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz have the others.
Corbin, 6-3 with a 3.14 ERA, has made two straight quality starts, giving up only one run and in 13 innings, but did not receive a decision in either game. He had extra rest the last time through the rotation after pitching seven scoreless innings while striking out 12 in a no-decision at Pittsburgh Daniel Sorensen Jersey , when he threw a season-high 102 pitches. He gave up one run in six innings against San Francisco on Friday, pitching on six days’ rest.
“He (gets) into trouble, doesn’t get rattled, and continues to pound the zone and get big outs. He’s done a very good job,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.
Jeff Mathis, one of two healthy catchers on the Arizona roster with Alex Avila on the disabled list, will catch Corbin for the third straight start.
“I like the way Jeff gets Patrick to do certain things at certain times and shows confidence in certain pitches, and helps him execute by showing that confidence,” Lovullo said. “Jeff has such respect from anyone on this staff that when he asks for something they listen.”
Corbin has received 3.65 runs per start, tied for the third fewest in the league. He is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four career starts against St. Louis and is 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 10 starts at home this sesaon.
Mikolas, who spent previous major league seasons with San Diego and Texas Grady Jarrett Jersey , has never started against Arizona and has given one run in 4 1/3 innings in two career relief appearances, a Justin Upton homer in 2012. This will be his first appearance at Chase Field.A pair of tiny replica All-Star jerseys hung in Jed Lowrie’s locker, gifts for his two young children.
After a scary collision in right field, the Athletics second baseman is hopeful he’ll still be able to wear his during next week’s gala in Washington.
Lowrie had to come out of Oakland’s 7-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Friday night because of a bone bruise and calf bruise in his left leg.
The first-time All-Star appeared to move around fine in the clubhouse after the game but is listed as day to day.
”Hopefully avoided something major,” Lowrie said. ”It’s sore but I’m able to get around on it so hopefully that’s a good sign.”
Lowrie collided with Stephen Piscotty while both chased Alen Hanson’s fly ball to short right field in the third. Lowrie remained down for several moments, stayed in the game and struck out in the fourth before coming out.
Lowrie’s status for Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Washington is uncertain. The 34-year-old Lowrie was added to the AL team earlier this week as an injury replacement for Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees.
”That’s one of those plays, it’s kind of a tweener,” Lowrie said. ”The infielder doesn’t really call it until you’re camped. It was just a late call and I was there. Just one of those plays where both of us are trying to make it.”
Buster Posey singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning for San Francisco.
Madison Bumgarner pitched three-hit ball over six innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season. Hanson added two hits and Steven Duggar had two RBIs and scored twice.
The A’s had won 19 of 24 and took three of four from AL West-leading Houston before falling to their rivals from across the San Francisco Bay.
Bumgarner (3-3) allowed one run with five strikeouts in his third consecutive win over the A’s. The left-hander retired 14 straight during one stretch and left after giving up a single and two walks in the seventh.
Reyes Moronta replaced Bumgarner and retired three straight to get out of the jam.
”We put him in a tough situation but he handles it so well,” manager Bruce Bochy said. ”He has that kind of stuff and that kind of poise. That’s the turning point in the game really.”
Chad Pinder homered for Oakland.
A’s manager Bob Melvin said the game changed when his ballclub failed to score in the seventh.
”That was big,” Melvin said. ”Those are situations we’ve been coming through pretty well in here recently. Seventh and eighth inning, we’ve been pretty good C. J. Prosise Jersey , but he made some good pitches. Got a good arm, and that was kind of where the game was swung.”
Neither team did much offensively early and the Giants scored their first run on a balk by A’s starter Edwin Jackson (1-1) in the fourth.
Posey came through in the sixth.
Duggar drew a leadoff walk. After Brandon Belt struck out, Andrew McCutchen singled and Brandon Crawford popped up. Posey followed with a sharp single to left.
Posey was batting fifth for the first time this season as part of Bochy’s attempt to shake things up.
Jackson yielded two runs over six innings but lost in his second attempt at his 100th career win. Jackson struck out five and walked three.
”My front spike just caught the dirt. I’ve done it before. The other times I’ve done it, no one’s been on. One time I threw a strike. I’m not sure how. One time I just held onto the ball.” – Jackson on being called for the balk.
Athletics: Khris Davis did not start because of a sore left shoulder but played left field after Piscotty moved to second when Lowrie was removed. … RHP Josh Lucas was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. LHP Jeremy Bleich was called up. RHP Andrew Triggs was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-5, 6.42 ERA) tries to get his injury-riddled season back on track for San Francisco in the middle game of the series. LHP Brett Anderson (1-2 5.45), who was part of a combined five-hit shutout in his last start, goes for Oakland.Adidas Jakub Voracek Jersey