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BenFred: Mikolas looks like ace Cardinals have been missing

The steady rain descending upon Busch Stadium made Monday night’s early innings a bit blurry from the Busch Stadium press box.

If you didn’t know better, you could have sworn it was the 2018 All-Star edition of Miles Mikolas out there on that soggy mound.

It sure was nice to see the pitch-mixing, quick-working, out-getting righthander again.

In his first start since the All-Star break handed him a sour first half to ponder, Mikolas dominated.

The 30-year-old shut out the Pirates on 100 pitches, allowing only eight hits (six singles) and zero walks.

A total of 100 pitchers had made 15-plus starts entering Monday night’s games.